Blue Ribbon Committee Blog: Stamats Report
November 14, 2017
Earlier this year, at the request of the Graduate School, Stamats, Inc. provided a Report of Innovative Approaches to Graduate Education and Marketplace Characteristics to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.
The report focused on innovations in graduate education at benchmark institutions as well as other institutions engaged in providing unique offerings to graduate students. This section offered many innovative approaches to delivering graduate education at UK. These innovations were provided more as guidelines and not necessarily for implementation by the graduate school. This section provided several program spotlights along with tangible examples of how other public or private four-year research and/or flagship universities implemented innovative programming at their respective institutions.
The report concluded with a look at marketplace characteristics and trends comparing Kentucky to the United States and then comparing master’s and PhD degrees. The report also compiled labor market data for segment, or groupings, of UK Graduate School offerings. This section supported the need to adapt graduate education in order to meet the needs of the evolving workforce. The report also concluded it is particularly important for both master’s and PhD programs to endow their students with critical leadership and management skills through course activities and co-curricular opportunities (Reed & De Roo, pg. 26) and share with PhD students the breadth of opportunities afforded to them beyond academia (Reed & De Roo, pg. 27). The Blue Ribbon Panel survey distributed in the Spring of 2017 indicated that these skills were also judged by students and faculty as being very important.
This report has informed Blue Ribbon Panel members of issues that should be considered regarding process and cultural social changes when looking at Graduate Education over the next 10-15 years at the University of Kentucky. The report can be found here.