Jeff Cummings '99, M.Ed. in Integrative Education (TIES)
"I often feel as though I maneuver through the daily tangles of higher education and I am constantly relying on my TIES education. I post the 4 agreements that relate very closely, and frankly sometimes I just want and need more …sometimes I want to reaffirm the TIES principles, sometimes I long for an update and an opportunity to be involved or engaged somehow to make sure I’m on the right track.
I guess what I have realized now 13? years later is that the TIES educational experience is really more of a continuum than a terminal experience. Sometimes relying on the past is plenty and sometimes it would be very nice to get an update and reconnect with the power of TIES.
I have no real idea what that means but it is interesting that your program has had an immeasurable effect on my attitude, energy, perspective, and ability to be a visionary leader in higher education. These are extraordinary times especially in California and the demands of being an educator are increasing almost daily. Learning outcomes, assessment, achievement, accountability, all being mandated by federal policy and legislation.
I have no expectation that any of this
makes any sense but I do think about
you and TIES often and I feel very
fortunate to be a graduate of the program.”