Growing a Program

October 4th, 2002 by Adam

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) candidates and graduates will join faculty and distinguished guests October 18 to celebrate the first five years of Plymouth’s only post-graduate program. First offered in 1997, the program now has 55 graduates and 110 current CAGS candidates. The evening will include an historical overview and future plans. Honored speakers will include several CAGS alumni.

The Plymouth State College CAGS program in Educational Leadership is a 33-credit program that addresses the needs of practicing educators who have completed a master’s degree and who are interested in pursuing advanced academic work in educational change and leadership. The program is built on a foundation of human development and systems theories, critical thinking and reflection, advanced practice models and democratic leadership skills.

One student wrote, “The CAGS program at Plymouth gave me the opportunity to interact with educational leaders who are passionate about their work. Camaraderie among professionals engaged in both research and reflection gave me new insights, perspectives, and skills.”

Plans are underway to expand this highly successful program to include options in Mental Health Counseling and Leadership in the Arts. Current off-campus sites include Manchester and Littleton, with a Keene site anticipated in the future.

Plymouth’s CAGS program is affiliated with the doctoral degree program at Argosy University in Florida. This collaborative venture combines PSC post-masters courses, distance learning, and courses in residence at both Argosy and Plymouth. Candidates may enroll in a Doctor of Education program in educational leadership or curriculum and instruction.

For information contact: Dr. Mary E. McNeil at 535-2982 or via e-mail to