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2015:  Celebrating our 40th Annniversary!

 

WISR (“Wiser”) is known as a premiere academic institute for social change since its inception in 1975.  WISR offers individualized BS, MS and Doctoral degree programs for working adults.*  Areas of study are: Psychology (an MS program that leads to the State’s Marriage and Family Therapy License as well as for those seeking to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), BS and MS Programs in Community Leadership ad Justice (which draws on such areas as Social Sciences, Human Services and Community Development), and an MS in and an EdD (Doctor of Education) in Education and Social Change. Over the years, our interdisciplinary EdD program* in Higher Education and Social Change has been an exceedingly popular program for talented and highly innovative professionals and community leaders. Our tuition is very affordable for working adults with modest incomes and family commitments–at $7,500/year; $625/month.  *Since June 1, 2013, WISR has admitted all new doctoral students to an EdD program, while previously enrolled doctoral students are allowed to complete their PhDs.  We made the decision to switch the designation of the PhD program to an EdD program to enable us to explore the possibility of seeking national accreditation with an accrediting agency that is approved to accredit professional doctoral degrees.

IMPORTANT!  Information about WISR’s unaccredited degree, the new State requirement that WISR and other State licensed schools must achieve accreditation by July 1, 2020, WISR’s financial integrity and legally required disclosures are found later in this catalog and on our website at:  http://www.wisr.edu/about-2/important-legally-required-disclosures/

40th Anniversary w-out 2015

WISR’s history is indeed the stories of our students successfully building bridges to the significant things they next want to do in their lives. Our alumni have used their academic projects at WISR to network with professionals and community groups, to create new programs and even new agencies, to carve out distinctive and well-recognized specializations and consulting practices, and to obtain professional positions that carry significant and meaningful responsibilities. In sum, our alumni have generally been very, very satisfied with how well they have been able to use the combination of their WISR learning and their WISR State licensed degree to accomplish their goals, and indeed, to do more than they even aimed to do when they first enrolled at WISR. The profiles of our alumni that can be found on our website and in our catalogue attest to these successes.

Since 1975, WISR has successfully supported the creative, community involvement efforts of hundreds of adult learners–through its highly personalized, socially progressive and interdisciplinary BS, MS and EdD programs. WISR students and the communities with which they are involved, reflect great geographic, intellectual and cultural diversity.  WISR’s extraordinary students and faculty together have created a dynamic and inquiring learning community where

“Multicultural is WISeR”!!! 

We also collaborate with community groups in community-action projects. We are a multicultural learning community that engages people who are deeply and continually committed to progressive social change. For over three decades, WISR has successfully supported the creative, community involvement efforts of hundreds of adult learners. WISR students and the communities with which they are involved reflect great geographic, intellectual and cultural diversity. Our extraordinary students offer an exciting community for your studies where “Multicultural is WISeR.”

WISR works with community groups to support participatory action-research as a way to promote critically needed inquiry into community problems and engage the community in solutions. Recently, we have worked with such groups as Neighborhood House of North Richmond on youth mentoring, community health issues, and violence prevention; Bay Area Black United Fund on health disparities impacting African American communities and people; the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project on preserving and making accessible the history of the Omaha people; and Eco-City Builders and West Oakland residents on moving toward a sustainable urban village in West Oakland.

If you are a member of the media and are interested in doing a story on WISR please contact WISR President, Dr. John Bilorusky, 510-655-2830 (vm), johnb@wisr.edu

Hot Off the Press!!

The first publication of WISR Press is Multiculturalism–also the inaugural issue of  The Journal of the Western Institute for Social Research.  This is being published as a print book and an e-book using the services of BookBaby.  It will soon be available-in some cases, by late February 2015, and with other sellers and in major distribution catalogs, in March and April–at online sellers in both print and e-book formats; for example, at

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s, Sony, Kobo, eBookPie, iBookstore, Copia, through Ingram, Gardners and Baker and Taylor, through subscription services such as ScribD and Oyster, and also for academic institutions and libraries through EBSCO.

There will soon be several copies in WISR’s library, and all authors will receive a complimentary copy of the book.  The print book is selling for $14.99 and the ebook for $2.99.  WISR’s royalties will be a bit over $3 for each print book sold and $2 or so for each ebook sold.  More significantly, we hope that the book will bring greater visibility to WISR and to the serious action and inquiry pursued by the authors in particular, and by our students, alumni and faculty, in general.

More information about Multiculturalism–the articles in this inaugural publication of WISR Press, and the authors

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Listed below are some articles that have previously appeared about WISR in the local publication, The Open Exchange.

One issue of the Open Exchange Magazine has a featured article on Promoting Social Changes to Better Support Healthy Living. This article focuses on the blog and therapeutic work of WISR PhD student, Sherri Kimbell, and her presentation at WISR’s August 2011 conference on her plans to develop greatly needed therapeutic support for returning military personnel.

Other articles about WISR:

The Professional Coaching Movement at the Western Institute for Social Research

What’s an Academic Degree Worth?

Learning at WISR: A Tradition of Innovation, Community Improvement and Social Change

WISR Begins its 35th Year, Starting New Program:  Community Action Think Tanks