Workshop, April 7-8, 2011 - All Systems Go! How to Start and Manage PSM Programs

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"How to Start and Manage PSM Programs Independently or Within a System”

The National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) announces its Best Practices Workshop that will be held April 7-8, 2011 at Hyatt Place Minneapolis-Airport South, Bloomington, Minnesota. The event will be hosted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Workshop participants will participate in engaging discussions, and take home best practices for the development of successful Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs.

This workshop’s focus is “How to Start and Manage PSM Programs Independently or Within a System.” Keynote Speaker is Carol Lynch, Senior Scholar in Residence and Director of PSM Programs Council of Graduate Schools. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and President, Minnesota High Tech Association will present welcoming remarks.

Workshop session topics include “Start-Up Costs”, “Best Practices Examples (a closer look at established programs)”, “Plus Courses”, and “Internship Placement”. There will be two panel discussions: “PSM Across Systems” and “Professional Science Master¹s Degree Programs: A Systems Approach”.

Workshop Presenters include Donald Pierson, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Dagmar Beck, PSM Program Director, Rice University; Elizabeth Friedman, PSM Program Manager, Illinois Institute of Technology; Donald Langenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of University System of Maryland; John Nishio, PSM Director, California State University, Chico; James H. McCormick, Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Cliff Chancey, PSM Program Director, University of Northern Iowa; Jean Schaake, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Texas.

For additional information, including workshop rates and agenda, please visit the NPSMA website at or the workshop link at Registration deadline is March 31, 2011.

About the NPSMA: The National Professional Science Master’s Association is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the needs and concerns of individuals working with Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs in the U.S. and beyond.

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