Plymouth State University has formally recognized the growth and development of its graduate programs by renaming the graduate division the College of Graduate Studies. The number of students enrolled in PSU’s graduate programs has increased by 88 percent over the last five years.
“The new name, College of Graduate Studies, is important recognition of the recent growth, development and enhanced quality of our graduate offerings,” states PSU President Donald P.Wharton. “It also appropriately recognizes the increasingly important role the College of Graduate Studies occupies at Plymouth State University.”
Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies Dennise Maslakowski agrees, “The College of Graduate Studies is a central part of the institution and the name change to college will help to further position PSU as the institution of choice, not just to graduate students, but undergraduates as well. Our programs play a major role in the state in teacher training and educational leadership, and our new Master of Science degrees are drawing a lot of interest from both prospective students and organizations that want to partner with us on applied research.”
Last June four new master’s degrees in science were introduced, with the first enrollments beginning in fall 2005: an M.A.T. degree in science and M.S. degrees in science education, applied meteorology and environmental science and policy. The College of Graduate Studies also offers Master of Business Administration and Master of Education degrees, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies.
“The name change to College of Graduate Studies is also significant because it gives faculty, staff and students a stronger affiliation with our graduate programs—it puts them on a higher level,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Virginia Barry. “The increased program development and assessment help clarify how we use our resources and allow us to focus our academic planning for the future to best meet the needs of the state.”
The College of Graduate Studies’ spring term begins in late February/early March. Course schedules are available online at www.plymouth.edu/graded
or by calling 1 800 FOR GRAD or (603) 535-2636. Registration begins January 17.