Silent Success: Master's Education in the United States

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Master's degrees have often been relegated to "second-class" or "consolation prize" status by administrators and faculty in higher education. But the first major study of master's education in more than thirty years recently made headlines by calling the degree the "silent success" of American higher education. In a lead editorial about the study, the Washington Post agreed that the master's degree is "academia's secret weapon" and an important "bridge to the rest of the world." In A Silent Success, Clifton ...
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Overview

Master's degrees have often been relegated to "second-class" or "consolation prize" status by administrators and faculty in higher education. But the first major study of master's education in more than thirty years recently made headlines by calling the degree the "silent success" of American higher education. In a lead editorial about the study, the Washington Post agreed that the master's degree is "academia's secret weapon" and an important "bridge to the rest of the world." In A Silent Success, Clifton Conrad, Jennifer Grant Haworth, and Susan Bolyard Millar present the results of their ground-breaking study of master's education in the United States. Basing their discussion on interviews with nearly 800 people in a variety of fields, the authors identify key decisions that shape master's experiences and develop a typology of master's programs. In doing so, they establish the surprising extent to which students, program alumni, faculty, and employers value master's education. They find widespread agreement about the positive outcomes of master's education: refined analytical skills, "big picture" perspectives, connections between theory and practice, and improved communication and professional skills. A Silent Success concludes with a discussion of the characteristics of high-quality programs and with specific recommendations for strengthening master's education. The authors urge administrators to recognize the importance of master's education and terminal master's programs. They call on state and federal policymakers to provide greater financial support for master's students - particularly in fields such as nursing, education, and environmental studies. They encourage employers to provide flexible and supportive leave policies, as well as strong financial and in-house support. Finally, they invite students themselves to shape their master's experiences by joining student organizations, organizing colloquia, and nurturing collaborative learning experiences
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801845086
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Setting 1
1 Historic and Contemporary Perspectives on Master's Education 3
2 A Positioned Subject Approach to Inquiry 28
Pt. 2 Decision-Situations 43
3 Primary Decision-Situations: Approach to Teaching and Learning, Program Orientation, and Departmental Support 49
4 Auxiliary Decision-Situations: Institutional Support and Student Culture 97
5 Decision-Situations and Program Types 119
Pt. 3 A Typology of Master's Programs 133
6 Ancillary Programs 135
7 Career Advancement Programs 166
8 Apprenticeship Programs 208
9 Community-centered Programs 246
Pt. 4 Reinforcing Vitality in Master's Education 293
10 Attributes of High-Quality Master's Experiences 295
11 A Silent Success: Master's Education in the United States 314
Technical Appendix: Philosophical Underpinnings of Positioned Subject Approach 323
Notes 327
References 337
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