Week of October 7-11, 2013

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This week the Graduate School is proud to welcome its nine newest graduate faculty members who were elected this week by the Graduate Council.  When you see them on campus please say congratulations and welcome to our community of scholars:

Faculty Member Department
Dr. Philip Sechtem Communication Disorders
Dr. Carol Poster English
Dr. Carol Ellis Communication Disorders
Dr. Travis Montgomery English
Dr. Yuri Yerastov English
Dr. Trey Hill Psychology
Dr. LeAnn Brown Management & Marketing
Erica Bittel Art and Design
Dr. Rhonda Smith-Nelson Management & Marketing

In another piece of Graduate Council news, the Organizational Leadership concentration within the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program was approved internally.  The Leadership Studies department will be transitioning this concentration from the MLS to the MPS over the coming year with a launch of Fall, 2014 within the MPS.  Several Leadership courses have been re-developed to make this change.  It is believed that the curriculum with the MPS will better address workforce needs.

The Graduate School staff want to remind all advisors that pre-registration for Intersession and Spring, 2014 session begin on October 14.  Intersession begins on December 30 and runs until January 17.  All Intersession schedules need to be finalized by December 18.  All new graduate students who want to begin by taking an Intersession course need to be admitted by December 6.  Both of these deadlines are firm deadlines.

For Intersession and Spring, 2014, the university will be rolling out its latest enhancement to the TigerEnroll portal – a waiting list.  The waiting list is complicated to describe here, but hopefully training information from the CTC will be coming out soon with screenshots of what to expect and what options the students will have.  One benefit for chairs, directors, and deans will be the ability to view wait lists in order to make data driven decisions about whether or not to add new sections of courses.

Three interesting items found this week are:

1] FHSU belongs to the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS).  HETS offers free online practice tests to its members for the following common Graduate School entrance exams – GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL.  The website for this is www.virtualplaza.org.  Please message Dr. Tim Crowley or Martha Hinojosa for the FHSU password.  You may have an undergraduate student who could benefit from this free service.

2] Eduventure’s Ken Hartman’s podcast about current issues in higher education –  http://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2013/10/09/ken-hartman-eduventures

3] Data released this week from the Council of Graduate Schools about graduate student financial aid borrowing:
(excerpted from 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12), bolds are mine)

Percentage of Graduate Students by Degree Level Receiving Financial Aid, Loans, and Grants (2011-2012)

Total Aid Total Loans Total Grants
Master’s Doctoral Master’s Doctoral Master’s Doctoral
All Students
Total 69% 83% 46% 25% 32% 60%
Male 67% 85% 39% 20% 35% 63%
Female 70% 82% 50% 30% 30% 57%

Median amounts borrowed (2011-2012)

Total Aid Total Loans Total Grants
Master’s Doctoral Master’s Doctoral Master’s Doctoral
All Students
Total $13,973 $26,724 $15,665 $17,629 $4,170 $14,352
Male $13,527 $28,300 $16,201 $16,975 $4,963 $15,000
Female $14,092 $25,666 $15,370 $17,850 $3,950 $13,430

More than four out of ten (46%) students at the master’s level financed their education with loans in 2011-12, and three in ten (32%) financed their education with grants.

Here is this week’s opinion poll on that data: 

Here are the results from last week’s polls:

What do you believe should be the ideal size of our Graduate School in 2020?

Answer Votes Percent
less than 2000 students 5 26%
more than 3500 students 5 26%
3000 students 4 21%
2000 students 2 11%
2500 students 2 11%
3500 students 1 5%

Should FHSU offer doctoral degrees in certain disciplines by 2020?

Answer Votes Percent
Yes 19 68%
No 9 32%
Until next week.
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