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State of the Graduate College - 2014. Tom Tomasi Associate Dean Of The Graduate College. Graduate Dean ??. 2 of 4 candidates have been interviewed Presumably someone will be hired in November Start time could be January or summer If needed, Associate Dean search, would be ASAP

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Tom tomasi associate dean of the graduate college

State of the Graduate College - 2014

Tom Tomasi

Associate Dean Of The Graduate College

Graduate dean
Graduate Dean ??

  • 2 of 4 candidates have been interviewed

  • Presumably someone will be hired in November

  • Start time could be January or summer

  • If needed, Associate Dean search, would be ASAP

  • Internal or external???

The role of the graduate dean
The Role of the Graduate Dean

  • Graduate College Policies (setting & enforcing)

    • Overall quality of programs

    • Fairness & exceptions

    • Alternatives

  • Facilitator (multiple stakeholders)

  • Tom tomasi associate dean of the graduate college


    President’s Office

    Graduate College Staff

    Other MO Universities

    Graduate Dean

    Grad Faculty (GC & Directors)

    College Deans & Dept Heads

    Registrar’s Office

    Enrollment Management

    National Grad Scene

    Graduate Students

    New graduate degrees
    New Graduate Degrees

    Approved or in Approval Process:

    • Interdisciplinary Studies

    • MFA – Visual Studies

    • MS – Applied Behavior Analysis

    • MA – Applied Second Language Acquisition

    • Doc – Nurse Anesthesia Practice

    • MS – Cybersecurity

    • MA – Teaching & Learning

    • EdS – Teacher Leadership

    New Degrees to be proposed this year ??

    New graduate certificates
    New Graduate Certificates

    • Administrative Studies

    • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

    • Teaching & learning

    • Teacher Leadership

    • Computer Information Systems

    • Cybersecurity

    • Entrepreneurship

    • Finance

    • Financial Analysis

    • International Business

    • Leadership

    • Management

    • Marketing

    New Certificates to be proposed this year ??

    Graduate fall enrollment credit hour production trend
    Graduate Fall Enrollment & Credit Hour Production Trend

    Tom tomasi associate dean of the graduate college

    Fall 2014 Graduate Headcount &

    Credit Hour Production by College

    Total Enrollment = 3,420

    Total Credit Hours = 26,658

    It s not just about numbers
    It’s Not Just About Numbers!

    High-impact Educational Experiences

    • Research

    • Internships

    • Study away

    • Field trips

    • Laboratories

    Quality Indicators

    • Awards

    • Presentations

    • Publications

    • Exhibits & Performances

    The national scene
    The National Scene

    • International students increasing

    • ~60% not in research universities

    • 83% in Masters or certificate programs

    • Business. Education, & Health = big 3

    • ~50% part-time new students in Masters Universities

    • ~90% domestic new students in Masters Universities

    • ~60% white new graduate students in Masters Universities

    How do w e compare
    How Do We Compare?

    • Our student body is pretty similar, except for diversity.

    • Relative to national trends, we are doing better than average in enrollment!

    Board priorities
    Board Priorities

    • Access to Success (modest growth, retention, cost, etc.)

    • Public Affairs Integration (events, assessment, eJournal, etc.)

    • Engaged Inquiry (faculty research)

    • Partners for Progress (reaching beyond campus)

    • Valuing & Supporting People (compensation, diversity, etc.)

    • Responsible Stewardship (use of funds)

    • Athletics

    • West Plains Integration

    Accreditation issues hlc
    Accreditation Issues (HLC)

    • “Public Affairs” in graduate programs

      • Probably done in most programs, but not promoted as public affairs (applied research, internships, etc.)

      • Talk about what you do in PA terms

      • Add a statement to your Catalog pages indicating connection to PA

    • Parallel classes (400-600, 500-600, etc.)

      • Different requirements for graduate students.

      • “graduate-level” experience for graduate students

      • Higher-level thinking

    Graduate recruitment
    Graduate Recruitment

    • Expanded college fair schedule (see Updates)

    • Attend undergraduate research conferences for recruiting purposes (McNair & SACNAS)

    • Provide mini-grant funds again to graduate programs for recruiting activities

    • College-level Virtual Fairs (see Updates)

    My priorities
    My Priorities

    • Tell “our story” better:

      “value-added” = Good education + low cost

      more marketing activities

    • More well-qualified diverse students

      McNair Graduate Assistantships (Graduate College)

      Graduate Scholarships for Enhancing Diversity (University)

    • Market/promote graduate programs

      New programs

      Interdisciplinary/individualized programs have no other “home”

    • Get promising students into new graduate scholarships

    • Improved work-flow

    Policy setting
    Policy Setting

    • Assigning/changing “catalog year” for students with hiatus in coursework

    • Total number of credits for a degree that can be earned prior to admission (senior permission, transfer, post-bacc, mixed credit)

    • “General” Mixed Credit

    • Accelerated certificates (w/ & w/o accelerated Masters)??

    Policy process changes
    Policy/Process Changes

    • “Projected Course Offerings” – now visible on the web for students (

    • “Degree Audits” likely to soon include graduate students

    • vs. SafeAssign

    • Apply to Graduate

    Reminders admissions
    Reminders – Admissions

    • “Start-semester” is critical in Banner

    • Applications close after the first week of a semester.

    • Admissions closes after census date (4 weeks)

    • Don’t admit someone for a semester in which they are already registered as a post-bacc student.

    • Adding /changing a program requires a new application or contact Michael Edwards.

    • Accelerated Masters candidates must apply for the semester they will truly be a grad student, not when they want to take “mixed credit” classes as a senior

    Reminders international students
    Reminders – International Students

    • Need to take at least 6 credits face-to-face

    • Summer classes

    • “conditional admissions” for ELI students

    • Visa issues are complex

      • Contact International Services with questions

    Reminders forms paperwork
    Reminders – Forms & Paperwork

    • 9 credits of C or lower

      • Letters from the Graduate College

      • Removal from program when exceeded

  • Post-baccalaureate students (non-degree seeking)

    • Registration holds after 9 credits

  • Apply to graduate (or complete a certificate)

  • 8 year limits

  • Reminders graduate assistantships
    Reminders – Graduate Assistantships

    • 4 semesters (Fall/Spring)

    • 3.00 GPA

    • 6 graduate credits hours

    • Summer fee waivers

    • ¼-time GA (with approval)

    • Dismissals (firing)

    • Late starts

    • Rec center, Health Center fees

    • 1000 hr. counting

    Graduate interdisciplinary forum

    Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum


    April 25, 2015

    Graduate College Workshop series

    (see website and handouts)

    Tom tomasi associate dean of the graduate college

    IDF 2014 is Saturday, April 25 in PSU

    Graduate student senate
    Graduate Student Senate

    • Desired senator from each graduate program

    • Get names to me or the co-Presidents


      • Promote the interests of grad students in general

      • Co-sponsor events with the Graduate College

      • More TBD

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