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Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2015/16 (2017 Report including 2014/15 and 2015/16 Alumni)

The Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs has conducted the Outcomes for PSM Alumni survey since 2010. In the summer of 2016, the office sent out invitations to PSM affiliated institutions to participate in a PSM student outcomes survey. The survey included a new question: how their base annual salary changed from their principal job when they began their PSM programs to after completing their degree. The results demonstrated that their base annual salary increased over time upon completion of their PSM programs within the 5-year or less period of graduation of a minimum of 4% upwards of 16%.

Transferrable Skills from PSM Programs

We wanted to gain some insight into how PSM programs are educating students in transferable skill sets. What are the approaches to providing transferable skill sets? Who is teaching this material? What are the scheduling and delivery modes?

Survey responses to these three questions revealed a flexible approach that often expands beyond traditional academic models. Programmatic approaches described in survey responses covered a range of scheduling and delivery options, each of which enables students to achieve proficiency in transferable skills. At one extreme was a set of courses required of all PSM students at an institution, regardless of STEM discipline for a specific degree program or track. In several cases, the set of courses focused on business practices and were offered in partnership with the institution’s business school, sometimes resulting in the awarding of a certificate.

At the other extreme, some institutions provided a menu of transferable skills courses that could be customized by students based on STEM fields and desired career trajectories. At other institutions, approaches to PSM transferable skill sets represented a hybrid approach with some courses required and others elective.

Read more in The Innovator, Volume 10, Issue 3 or browse visualizations below.

Carnegie Classifications

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for classifying colleges and universities in the United States. The framework primarily serves educational and research purposes, where it is often important to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions. The classification includes all accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States that are represented in the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Attached are the most recent Carnegie Classifications for PSM Programs and Institutions as of 2017.

Current PSM Programs in the STEM Field of Study

PSM programs were classified into the 5 fields of study. The most popular field is currently Biotechnology/ Biomedical/ Pharmaceutical Sciences (37%), followed by Environmental Science/ Ocean Science/ Sustainability/ GIS (24%) and Computer Science /Analytics /Big Data /Statistics (21%). This popularity is consistent even with newly developing PSM Programs.

Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs, Part I: 2014 (2015 Report)

The 2014 Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees Survey collects data on overall enrollment and degrees awarded in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs. This is the first survey of PSM enrollment and degrees administered by the PSM National Office at KGI. The survey asked questions related to 1) institution and program, 2) a total number of applications, 3) first-time enrollment during the Fall 2014 term, 4) total enrollment in Fall of 2014, and 5) degrees awarded during the academic year 2013-2014. As the next step of our PSM program assessment, this survey will continue by collecting data from the remaining half of the institutions to hopefully capture at least a 90% response rate of the entire PSM program’s data, which will provide more beneficial data for institutions planning to develop more PSM programs nationally and internationally.

Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2013/14 (2014 Report)

The 2014 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey  is the fourth annual Professional Science Master’s student outcomes survey. This is the first year that the PSM National Office at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) began conducting evaluations as the student and institution/program levels. This document contains a detailed report about this survey, complementing the CGS surveys performed in the previous years. The assessment was targeted to PSM graduates during the past 3 academic years (2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014).The summarized data included their STEM disciplines, prior PSM program experiences/statuses, post degree-attainment experiences/statuses, and PSM programs experiences and post-PSM degree outcomes.  We appreciate each of the participants' of the survey and institutions who distributed the survey. Their time and effort contributes to and is revealed throughout this evaluation.

Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs: 2013 (2014 Report)

The 2013 Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees Survey collects data on overall enrollment and degrees awarded in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs. It is the fourth such survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

PSM program directors and graduate deans (or equivalent) representing over 300 PSM programs from 139 institutions of higher education were invited to provide data regarding the number of applications received for admission for the fall term of 2013, the number of applications accepted for the fall term of 2012, the number of first-time enrollees for the fall term of 2013, the total number of enrollees for the fall term of 2012, and the number of degrees awarded during the 2011/12 academic year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013). The 2013 report shows that PSM programs stand out as a bright spot for U.S. institutions in terms of domestic enrollment trends.

Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2012/13 (2013 Report)

The 2013 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey  is the third annual Professional Science Master’s student outcomes survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools. The results are based on data generated by the 2013 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey, which was made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The survey asked graduates who earned a PSM degree during either the 2011/12 or 2012/13 academic years to share their motivations for enrolling in the program, satisfaction  with the program, and post-graduation status, including employment.

Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs: 2012 (2013 Report)

The 2012 Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees Survey collects data on overall enrollment and degrees awarded in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs. It is the third such survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

PSM program directors and graduate deans (or equivalent) representing almost 300 PSM programs from 124 institutions of higher education were invited to provide data regarding the number of applications received for admission for the fall term of 2012, the number of applications accepted for the fall term of 2011, the number of first-time enrollees for the fall term of 2012, the total number of enrollees for the fall term of 2012, and the number of degrees awarded during the 2011/12 academic year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). The survey generated 279 usable responses, for a 93% response rate. Of these, 248 reported students who were either enrolled in a PSM program in the fall term of 2012 or graduated from a PSM program during the 2011/12 academic year.

Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2011/12 (2012 Report)

The 2012 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey is the second annual Professional Science Master’s student outcomes survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools. The results are based on data generated by the 2012 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey, which was made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The survey asked graduates who earned a PSM degree during either the 2010/11 or 2011/12 academic years to share their motivations for enrolling in the program, satisfaction with the program, and post-graduation status, including employment.

Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs: 2011 (2012 Report)

The 2011 Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees Survey collects data on overall enrollment and degrees awarded in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs. It is the second such survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

PSM program directors and graduate deans (or equivalent) representing 241 PSM programs from 111 institutions of higher education were invited to provide data regarding the number of applications received for admission for the fall term of 2011, the number of applications accepted for the fall term of 2011, the number of first-time enrollees for the fall term of 2011, the total number of enrollees for the fall term of 2011, and the number of degrees awarded during the 2010/11 academic year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011). The survey generated 230 usable responses, for a 95% response rate. Of these, 212 reported students who were either enrolled in a PSM program in the fall term of 2011 or graduated from a PSM program during the 2010/11 academic year.

 

Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2010/11 (2011 Report)

The 2011 Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey was conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The survey was designed to capture initial hiring outcomes of PSM graduates and follow them for up to five years after graduation. The design was based on a review of more than 40 outcomes-related data collection efforts from more than 30 governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. A draft version of the questionnaire was reviewed by numerous individuals affiliated with the PSM initiative, including members of the Board of Directors of the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) and members of the Council of Graduate Schools PSM Advisory Board.

Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs: 2010 (2011 Report)

The 2010 Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees Survey is an annual survey of enrollment and degrees in Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs. Previous PSM enrollment and degrees surveys were conducted for academic years 2008 and 2009 by NPSMA, the National Professional Science Master’s Association. The revamped 2010 survey was carried out by CGS with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It collected data regarding applications, first-time enrollment, total enrollment, and degrees awarded.