Preparing for Change

George TuthillIt has been an active and productive fall at the College of Graduate Studies, both with ongoing programs and with plans for the future.

New Hampshire demographics are in the news, especially as they relate to the state’s teacher workforce. With a significant number K-12 teachers expected to retire in the next 10 years, training and retaining new teachers is on the minds of everyone in education. To address this need, the College of Graduate Studies is developing a certificate program in educational mentorship. The new program will assist educators who have been selected to serve as mentors to pre-service or early-career teachers and administrators. We’ve met with constituent groups throughout the state and hope to have the program approved for roll-out next summer.

The third week of November marked the culmination of months of effort as a 20-person team assembled by the New Hampshire Department of Education reviewed PSU’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs that lead to state teacher certification. Program coordinators worked steadily since last winter to assemble documentation and prepare for the visit. Our work is not over now that the state’s team has left, since the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) review will be underway shortly. Whether in business, teacher education, counseling, or athletic training, the importance of having accredited programs cannot be overstated when it comes to improving our graduates’ access to jobs and professional development. For more than 50 years, Plymouth State University has been an NCATE accredited institution, providing exceptional educational opportunities for aspiring teachers and administrators.

Professor Trent Boggess, longtime Business Department chair, was named as the founding dean of the new College of Business Administration. The new organizational structure combines administrative and curricular efforts for undergraduate and graduate programs in business. We look forward to continuing our work with Trent and the business faculty, and to serving our MBA students.

We knew all along that our mild fall weather would not last and, sure enough, winter has now arrived in full force. During the winter break, the College of Graduate Studies main office in Plymouth as well as 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord will be closed beginning on December 24, and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Also, please be aware that during winter and extending into spring Highland Hall (in Plymouth) will be undergoing remodeling on the first floor to accommodate the university’s Information Technology staff. While this is going on the building may at times look like a construction zone, but we will be open to the public.

All of us here at the College of Graduate Studies would like to wish you a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday season!

Dr. George F. Tuthill
Interim Associate Vice President


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