John J. Cheslock, Professor in Charge
400 Rackley Building, Center for the Study of Higher Education
University Park, PA 16802
The primary goal of the program is to improve the skills of institutional researchers on college and university campuses. the curriculum includes research design, assessment and evaluation, and the integration of strategic planning with institutional finance. All candidates are required to take 18 credits of coursework (21 credits if Intro Statistics is needed).
An applicant must have received, from an accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree earned under resident and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. Students are expected to have knowledge of introductory statistics. Students without a background in statistics will enroll in a statistics course online before commencing their coursework in the certificate program.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Effective Date: Spring Semester 2009
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2013
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010
Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-162
Review Date: 02/23/2010