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December 5, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Questions and Answers on the
Carey Business School and School of
Why are two schools being created now?
What is now the School of
Professional Studies in Business and Education has a
long history of serving part-time students in a variety of
fields (including education, business, engineering, nursing
and liberal arts). Through natural evolution, other schools
at Johns Hopkins have incorporated SPSBE offerings into
their respective schools, thus focusing SPSBE's portfolio
on business, education and public safety leadership. Over
the years, SPSBE has grown in enrollments, expanded
programs and research, and increased financial support.
Now, with SPSBE's programs poised for even greater growth,
the university believes that SPSBE's faculty, students and
alumni will benefit from the creation of two separate
schools which will provide greater flexibility and allow
each field of study to focus more specifically on its
mission, programming, research and development
What are the names of the two schools?
The new names are the
Carey Business School and the
Why the Carey Business School?
William Polk Carey has announced a $50 million donation
which, paired with $50 million to be raised by the
university, will launch the Carey Business School. His is
the largest gift ever in support of business education at
Johns Hopkins. The new school is named for his great great
great grandfather, James Carey of Loudon, a prominent
Baltimore businessman of the 18th and 19th centuries.
William Polk Carey is chairman of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, a
real estate investment firm based in New York, and chairman
of the W.P. Carey Foundation. He joined the board of
trustees of the university in 1992 and became a trustee
emeritus in 2000.
The gift to Johns Hopkins marks Carey's second $50 million
gift in support of business education. His 2003 donation to
Arizona State University established the W. P. Carey
Business School there. In 1885, Carey's maternal
grandfather, John S. Armstrong, introduced legislation that
created the Arizona Territorial Normal School, which
evolved into today's Arizona State.
When will the creation of the two schools take
The new schools will open on Jan. 1, 2007. The schools,
though with separate leadership and faculties, will share
some of their internal administrative infrastructure.
How many schools will Johns Hopkins now have?
Nine. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting
School of Engineering, the Carey Business School, the
School of Education, the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg
School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Peabody
Institute and the Nitze School of Advanced International
Studies. A 10th division, the Applied Physics Laboratory,
focuses on research and development and does not grant
Will the new schools serve part-time or full-time
Both. The business and education schools will continue to
serve working adult professionals who benefit from
flexible, part-time programs of study. But both SPSBE's
business and education programs serve some full-time
students now. In business, for example, the Edward St. John
Department of Real Estate already offers a full-time one-
year master of science in real estate program. Full-time
program options are expected to expand as the free-standing
schools grow. The Carey Business School will offer a five-
year B.A.-B.S./MBA option to full-time undergraduate
students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the
Whiting School of Engineering. (Details will be announced
as they are developed.).
Exactly which divisions of SPSBE will join the Carey
Business School and which will join the School of
The Carey Business School will include all of what is now
SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management,
including the MBA program, the departments of
Management, Marketing, Finance, Information and
Telecommunication Systems for Business, and
Business of Health and the Edward St. John
Department of Real Estate. Since the
SPSBE Undergraduate Division's programs focus on business,
that division will reside in the Carey School.
All of what is now SPSBE's Graduate Division of Education
will move to the School of Education. This includes the
departments of teacher preparation, teacher development and
leadership, counseling and human services and special
education. It also includes three research and development
centers: the Center for Research and Reform in Education
(research home of the Success for All program), the Center
for Technology in Education, and the Center for Summer
Learning. The SPSBE Division of Public Safety Leadership
will move to the School of Education, where, in addition to
its broader focus, its faculty will continue to work with
education faculty to address issues of national, local and
school safety and security.
When will a new dean of the Carey Business School be
A national search for a new dean will begin immediately.
Typically, a search for a new dean takes between six and 12
months. Johns Hopkins will seek a business expert with the
energy, creativity and vision to build the school into a
recognized leader among the nation's business schools.
Who will lead the school in the meantime?
Until a dean is selected, Pamela Cranston, the university's
vice provost for academic affairs and international
programs, will serve as interim dean. From 1987 to 1997,
Cranston was associate dean for academic services for the
School of Continuing Studies, which later became SPSBE. She
was responsible for admissions, financial aid, records and
registration, advising and orientation for the school's
degree-seeking and non-credit students at five locations.
For a biographical sketch of Interim Dean Cranston, see
Who will lead the School of Education?
The dean will be Ralph Fessler. He has been a Johns Hopkins
faculty member and academic leader since 1983. He became
interim dean of SPSBE in 1999 and dean in 2000. His
research and program development activities have focused on
teacher education, leadership development, teacher career
stages and development, and school-university partnerships.
For a biographical sketch of Dean Fessler, see this page.
What school name will be on the diplomas of students who
already are enrolled in degree programs at SPSBE?
Students who graduate in May 2007 and thereafter will
receive Johns Hopkins University diplomas reflecting the
names of the new schools, that is, either the Carey
Business School or the School of Education. Since Johns
Hopkins awards degrees only in May of each year, any
student who completed his or her degree requirements since
last May's graduation — even if that completion
occurred before Jan. 1 — will officially graduate
from either the Carey Business School or the School of
If a student graduated from SPSBE in May 2006 or
earlier, can his or her diploma be reissued to reflect the
new school name?
Since diplomas must, by university policy, reflect the name
of the school that was in effect at the time a student
received his or her degree, alumni will not be able to
change their diplomas retroactively.
If a student is enrolled in SPSBE now, will his or her
degree requirements change when the new schools are
As in the past, programs will continue to change in
response to evolving professional standards, environmental
conditions and new ideas generated by the faculty and
leadership. Current students should continue to follow
programs of study approved by their advisors.
Will the creation of the new schools affect where
students take classes?
Education students will continue to take classes at the new
Education Building at Homewood; business students will
continue to take classes at the Downtown Center in
Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Education and business
students will continue to share the Montgomery County
Campus and the Columbia Center.
When will the Carey Business School offer a five-year
BA-BS/MBA program for full-time undergraduate students in
the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting
School of Engineering?
The start date for this program has not been determined.
Details will be announced when they are decided.
Will the establishment of the new schools affect tuition
or tuition payment plans?
As in previous years, tuition rates are reviewed and
Where will students who are now enrolled in SPSBE go for
answers to questions about financial aid, student services
They will continue to go to the offices they currently use.
Although the schools will have separate leadership and
faculty, they will continue to share some of their
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