Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Sad Story of the P.M.A.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 5th, 2015

Academe is conservative with a small "c," meaning that it’s suspicious of change. And that’s a good thing. We wouldn’t want colleges and universities to be driven by the latest fads. But graduate school is conservative even by academic standards. Its structure has barely changed in more than a century. That goes beyond conservatism to fossilization.
There have been exceptions, though. I wrote last month about the success of the professional science master’s (P.S.M.) degree. Carefully planned and thoughtfully designed before its creation, in the late 1990s, the P.S.M. received prolonged support during its fledgling years from the Sloan Foundation. The degree soon took flight on its own and has been a boon to both students and institutions.

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