New Faculty Orientation 2014: Priorities for Graduate Education at the University of Southern Mississippi

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New Faculty Orientation 2014

Dr. Karen S. Coats

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  • 1. Priorities for Graduate Education at the University of Southern Mississippi Karen S. Coats, Ph.D. Professor and Dean of the Graduate School University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2. Philosophy: Graduate Education is the Foundation of Scholarship at a Research University
  • 3. The Graduate School is not an office. It is a campus community. Graduate School Graduate School Graduate Students Graduate Faculty Graduate Council Colleges & Programs
  • 4. To produce outstanding graduates a graduate school requires key characteristics: Quality Graduate High Standards Integrity & Accountability Respect Commitment to Progress Expectation of Excellence
  • 5. Bragging Points • USM holds the High Research Activity University and Community Engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching • USM offers master’s, specialist, and/or doctoral degrees in a wide variety of disciplines representing all 6 academic colleges.
  • 6. Graduate Degrees Awarded by College (Su 2012 - Sp 2013) 77 41 207 209 44 117 31 0 72 9 12 48 0 50 100 150 200 250 Arts & Letters Business Ed & Psych Health Nursing Science & Tech No.DegreesAwarded Master's Doctorate Total Grad degrees Awarded = 867 Master’s/Specialist = 695 Doctorate = 172 26% of all degrees awarded were grad degrees. Source: http://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/groups/office-institutional-research/pdf/degrees_awarded_complete.pdf
  • 7. Major Challenges • Image • Enrollment • Opportunities for professional development
  • 8. Priority 1: Enhance our Image • Presentation: website, social media, publications – Effectively promote graduate education – Showcase student and faculty research accomplishments • Communication and partnerships – Open communication with stakeholders at Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and research sites • Outreach and networking – Service learning projects in community – Advisory council of local business people and alumni
  • 9.  Priority 2: Focus on Enrollment • Enrollment management emphases – Marketing; social media; communicating with prospects – Targeted recruiting – Recruitment training for departments • Undergraduate research
  • 10. USM Graduate Enrollment in All Colleges (Last 5 Years) 537 554 583 564 551 100 79 75 53 73 901 970 911 859 777 583 608 676 505 503 144 178 577 574 584 575 589 212 167 157 110 103 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 Fall 09 Fall 10 Fall 11 Fall 12 Fall 13 GraduateEnrollment Non-degree Science & Tech Nursing Health Ed & Psych Business Arts & Letters 2910 2952 2986 2810 2774 Source: http://www.usm.edu/institutional-research/quick-facts -7% from peak enrollment Fall 2013 grad enrollment = 18% of total.
  • 11. Priority 3: Foster Professional Development • Communication skills (oral and written) • Preparation for workforce beyond skills of discipline – academic – non-academic • Mentor training • Research ethics • Financial literacy • Career counseling (including non-academic paths)
  • 12. How can you contribute to QUALITY Graduate Education at USM? 1. Engage graduate students in your research 2. See that your student receives RCR training during his/her first semester 3. Set high expectations for research and academic progress 4. Hold your student accountable 5. Become an effective mentor http://www.rackham.umich.edu/downloads/public ations/Fmentoring.pdf