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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 11, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 14
Q&A on the Carey Business School and School of Education

[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 effect?

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. 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 students?

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 Education?

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 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 named?

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 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 noncredit students at five locations.

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 Education.

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 established?

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 decided.

Will the establishment of the new schools affect tuition or tuition payment plans?

As in previous years, tuition rates are reviewed and adjusted annually.

Where will students who are now enrolled in SPSBE go for answers to questions about financial aid, student services or registration?

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 administrative infrastructure.


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