COM LION'S PRIDE: Graduate Education Design Team

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College / Administrative Unit: 
Medicine, College of
Date Started: 
May 2015

Part of the Graduate School of Penn State University, the Office of Graduate Education is the primary office responsible for coordinating graduate education services to the more than 500 students enrolled in a Ph.D., Master’s Degree or Certificate Program at the Penn State Hershey campus. The office also supports more than 200 faculty members from 20 basic science and clinical departments engaged in graduate-level instruction.
With the growth of the recently established Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, together with the existence of several department-based graduate degree programs, it is essential to provide timely, consistent support to students and faculty.
Part of this review will focus on identifying gaps in service delivery based on changing needs of students and faculty, while developing uniform roles and responsibilities supported by consistently-applied standard operating procedures.


Key areas the Graduate Education design team is currently focusing on include:
   •Improving the curriculum management and revision process
   •Improving the process for SURIP (summer undergraduate programs)
   •A Book-It survey to identify user needs and pain points around room scheduling
   •Restructuring recruitment, admission and orientation workflows to best serve potential and new students
   •Developing an online course offering form
   •Improving the process of admission inquiries and communication
   •Creating more detailed recommendations in each of these areas to present for sponsor review

Contact Person: 
Aravind Menon
  • Tomi Dreibelbis, Core Team Member
  • Elizabeth Robinson Hamen, Member
  • Farah Kauffman, Member
  • Ralph Keil, Member
  • Charles Lang, Design Team Chair
  • Gail Matters, Member
  • Rachel Reager, Member
  • Kathleen Simon, Member
  • Kristin Smith, Member
  • Jamie Vaughan Teenie, Member