MS and PhD Programs in Transnational, Cultural and Community Studies Presentation to Faculty Council September 9, 2013 Miren Uriarte, CPCS and Peter Kiang, CEHD for the TCCS Faculty Planning Group Mission The TCCS MS and PhD programs direct themselves to the preparation of high-level professionals and scholars capable of addressing the challenges posed by the dimensions and characteristics of global population movements and their impacts on the individuals and communities in the sending and receiving societies involved. Why TCCS? Regional and National Need Institutional Priorities Institutional Capacities Regional and National Need Dimensions of immigrant flows Characteristics of the flows Origins of the migrants Emerging efforts at immigrant integration Growing demand for scholars and professional practitioners with skills and capacity to work effectively with or conduct research about these populations Institutional Priorities and Capacities Priority: Expand graduate programs in areas of institutional strength Battelle Report (2007) 2011 Strategic Plan Capacities: UMB uniquely suited to deliver these programs Number of faculty with expertise in these areas Undergraduate programs in areas akin to TCCS Established Research Institutes focused on these populations Perspectives Transnational — global grounded in local Transdisciplinary — holistic vision and methodological complexity Audience: MS in TCCS Practitioners Aiming to work with immigrant/refugee populations in the U.S. or abroad, including service providers, community planners, policy advocates, and leaders of community-based and non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations Graduate pathways for outstanding undergraduate ethnic studies students Continuing into PhD programs in a variety of disciplines Audience: PhD in TCCS Seeking academic careers in the U.S. and abroad Seeking high-level professional careers in U.S. and international foundations, nonprofit organizations, governments and private enterprises Knowledge and Skills: MS in TCCS Knowledge about the processes of migration, entry, adaptation, settlement and community formation of contemporary transnational immigrant groups necessary planning, development, and advocacy. Expert grasp of the processes and methods for working successfully across disciplinary and cultural boundaries Working effectively in teams on problem-centered projects Knowledge and Skills: PhD in TCCS Conduct academic research on the themes of TCCS transdisciplinary engaged research methodologies. Conduct analyses and evaluations of the impact of policies, programs and practices in the United States and in other areas of the world. Courses, Credits and Years of Coursework MS PhD (including capstone) (not including dissertation) Total Number of Courses: 11 22 Total Number of Credits: 37 63* Years of Coursework 2 3 * Total number of credits for PhD is 75 Curriculum and Sequencing: MS (Handout 1) Key Features CORE Components in Theory and Methods Research Practice (TRIP) Professional Seminar Capstone Project Curriculum and Sequencing: PhD (Handout 1) Key Features CORE Components in Theory and Methods with an array of Electives Ample hands-on Research Practice (TRIP and PhD Practicum) Student-designed Concentration Professional Seminars Comprehensive Portfolio Dissertation Seminar Admissions Targets and Requirements Target Requirements MS PhD 20 students 6 students Apply directly to MS Program Apply directly to PhD program Apply from MS in TCCS • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 • GRE verbal & quantitative scores in top 25% • University required TOEFL score for foreign students • Statement of intent • Writing sample • 2 Letters of recommendation • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 • GRE verbal & quantitative scores in top 25% • University required TOEFL score for foreign students • Statement of intent • Writing sample • 3 letters of recommendation • Completion of TCCS MS program courses with a GPA of 3.25 • Completion of the Concentration Project as Capstone • Letter of recommendation from TCCS faculty • Approval of the Academic Affairs Committee Other Program Components Monitoring of Student Progress Advising and Mentoring Students Research and Teaching Assistantships Programs’ Organization Reports to Dean of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs Program Director TCCS Executive Committee Academic Affairs Committee Admissions Committee Personnel Committee Advisory Committee Resources: Faculty and Staff Faculty come from across the UMB campus (CLA, CPCS, CEHD). Core Faculty : 2 new hires (100% in the program) 6 assigned to the program at least 50% Affiliated Faculty teach specific courses Professional Staff Person Resources : Assistantships PhD students will be offered Research and Teaching assistantships TAs will teach undergraduate students in departments affiliated with the program RAs will work with Institutes or individual faculty Funding First 3 years through university funds or faculty/Institute funded research Will be supported in obtaining external funding for Years 4 and 5. Assessment and Accountability Goals, Objectives (see Handout 2) Annual Assessment: Executive Committee will assess the progress towards these goals and objectives each year. Special attention to: obtaining needed resources, implementation of the curriculum effectiveness of the marketability in admissions retention to completion of MS and PhD AQUAD Review: All programs in the University are evaluated every 7 years.