Changes to Take Place in Bryn Mawr Graduate Programs

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 9:32 am.

This spring, Bryn Mawr’s Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP), the provost’s office, the general faculty, and the administration wrapped up two separate processes aimed at enhancing Bryn Mawr’s academic strength. Both processes have impacted graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College.

Over the past year, CAP, which is a representative body composed of faculty members, has worked on strategic curriculum and faculty planning, looking at everything from faculty workload to enrollment trends and future program viability.

CAP has submitted a comprehensive report to President Jane McAuliffe as a result of this work.

Part of CAP’s charge for the year was to recommend strategic cuts to some academic areas so that the resulting resources could be redistributed to support curricular innovation and more competitive faculty salaries. As part of this effort, the report includes a recommendation to discontinue offering graduate studies in psychology. The teaching resources that will be saved will be redirected to the thriving undergraduate program in psychology. The department is no longer accepting students into its graduate program, but all current students will be able to complete their studies.

The other process of import to Bryn Mawr’s graduate programs has been an evaluation of the programs, which was was recommended by the Task Force on Balancing Mission and Resources in a 2008 report to the Board of Trustees.

CAP, the provost’s office, and the administration were all also involved in this process.

The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art met the benchmarks established at the outset of the evaluation process.

The assessment period for the physics, chemistry and math departments has been extended for several reasons, including a desire to adjust the progress criteria; issues relating to communications surrounding the process; and the promising signs of progress that have already been made.

It has been agreed that the freestanding MA program in French will be closed. However, there is a recommendation that the college revisit some of its current policies to allow for future 4- and 5-year AB/MA programs, which could include French.

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