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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)

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 ??

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)

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