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A former Johns Hopkins Dean Writes About Non-obvious Roles of Graduate Schools

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The Johns Hopkins University has never had a graduate school. As a former dean of graduate education in Hopkins’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences I have seen both the benefits and shortcomings of operating without a graduate school. Many of the benefits are obvious, and some were mentioned in the article. But I think that Hopkins suffered during the recent NRC survey of graduate education in not have sufficient dedicated staff and resources to produce the needed data and to show itself in the best light. Another difficulty that arises without a graduate school is that development efforts for graduate education can fail to receive the priority that they deserve. If an institution is to dissolve its graduate school great care has to be taken to ensure that critical long-range functions are not compromised.

Eaton Lattman, CEO at Hauptman Woodward Institute, at 11:23 am EST on February 12, 2009

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