Keck Graduate Institute selected to administer PSM Affiliation process
    January 25, 2012

    Belle Woods
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    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced that the Keck Graduate Institute has been selected to administer the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Affiliation process.  The Sloan Foundation and CGS have worked together since 2006 to institutionalize and promote the PSM degree, an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. Over the past decade, the PSM has been embraced enthusiastically by the graduate education community in a strong effort to produce the kinds of science and engineering professionals needed to keep the U.S. globally competitive. In only five years since 2006, the PSM has expanded from about 80 programs to 245 at about 115 institutions. By fall 2011 new PSM enrollments in PSM programs around the country had increased to 1,700 and total PSM enrollments to about 5,500.  [For more details, see]


    The PSM Affiliation process is an integral part of establishing and maintaining high quality standards for PSM programs, and CGS has rigorously developed, vetted and disseminated Guidelines for PSM Affiliation used for reviewing and approving applications for PSM Affiliation. 


    “CGS is delighted to be able to transfer administration of the PSM Affiliation process to an outstanding institution like the Keck Graduate Institute,” said Debra W. Stewart, CGS President.  She added, “The rapid growth of PSM programs is due not only to workforce needs, but is also a testament to the commitment to the PSM exhibited by so many stakeholders, including the Sloan Foundation and the National Professional Science Master's Association.”


    “The Keck Graduate Institute and its innovative set of graduate programs embody the PSM model of education,” said Paul Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  He continued, “Building on the good work of CGS and our other partners in this process will ensure that PSM degrees continue to grow in stature and visibility. The goal is to educate highly-skilled professionals who combine strong backgrounds in science, mathematics and engineering with expertise in business fundamentals such as financial and project management, communication, and business ethics.”


    Founded in 1997, the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (KGI) is the only graduate school in the world devoted exclusively to educating future leaders for the life science industry. KGI is the newest member of the Claremont Colleges and represents the consortium’s first entry into graduate-level, application-based scientific research and education. Their unique educational model was designed from the ground up in collaboration with leaders from both the life sciences industry and the academy. They actively seek advice of a 50-member corporate advisory council and have a Board of Trustees with members who represent leading life science companies.


    “The Keck Graduate Institute is honored to be selected and we look forward to providing leadership for this important degree program which we consider an essential component in the U.S. innovation agenda,” said Sheldon Schuster, President of the Keck Graduate Institute.


    CGS will continue to manage and staff the existing Affiliation process until the transfer of responsibility has been completed, expected to be by July, 2012. CGS intends to transfer its license for the PSM logo to KGI.

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award 92% of the doctoral degrees and 77% of the master’s degrees.* The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


    * Based on data from the 2010 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees


    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.