[Note: This story appears online in advance of the
Dec. 11, 2006, print edition of The Gazette.]
Why are two schools being created now?
What is now the
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Education has a long history — dating back to
1909 — 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 most of what were once
SPSBE part-time programs into their own programs, thus
narrowing SPSBE's primary focus in recent years to business
and education. Over the years, SPSBE has grown in
enrollments, expanded academic and research programs and
increased financial support. The university believes that
now, when the business and education programs are poised
for even greater growth and with the opportunity to have
national as well as regional impact, is the time for them
to be housed in their own free-standing schools. The
university believes that SPSBE's faculty, students and
alumni also will benefit by the creation of separate
schools, which will provide greater flexibility
and room for innovation and will allow each school to
focus on its mission, curricula and research.
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
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. The university's 10th division, the
Applied Physics Laboratory, focuses on research and
development and does not grant degrees.
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 BA-BS/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 Edward
St. John Department of Real Estate and the departments of
Management, Finance, Information and Telecommunication
Systems for Business, and Organization Development and
Strategic Human Resources. Since SPSBE's 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
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 and creativity to make a
reality of a new vision for business education and to build
the school into a recognized leader among the nation's
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 noncredit students at five
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. He is an expert in alternative approaches to teacher
education, leadership development, teacher career stages
and development, and school-university partnerships.
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, students 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
No. As the new deans and their faculties focus on
program development and refinement, it is expected that
some curriculum requirements may change. But those changes
would apply only to students who enroll in the future.
Will the creation of the new schools affect where
students take classes?
No. Most of SPSBE's locations already serve primarily
either business or education students. 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 at the
Washington, D.C., Center. Education and business students
will continue to share facilities at the Montgomery County
Campus and 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
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