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Science Professionals: Master‘s Education for a Competitive World
provides opportunities for a change in career or advancement within a current career. Additional student financial support will provide incentives to individuals—particularly underrepresented minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds—to pursue PSM degrees. As a result, programs will be able to expand enrollment and produce more science-trained professionals who will contribute to our economy.
Fourth, additional thought should be given to the delivery of PSM programs and courses. KGI has just now established a program for students who are working full time. The program takes three years instead of two because the students participate in the program on a part-time basis. Moreover, to address the needs of students who are already busy professionals, KGI is formulating plans to deliver the courses online or, if campus based, in the evenings or weekends. PSM programs could potentially make greater use of online course delivery. Institutions like the University of Maryland University College have pioneered the development of a successful model of distance education that is now technology driven and delivers course content to students globally.33 This model could possibly be adapted for certain courses or programs for PSM degrees as well.
Susan Aldridge, President, University of Maryland University College, presentation to the study committee, July 16, 2007.