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Introduction
Executive Summary
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The Rensselaer Plan 2024
Goal Fundamentals Undergraduate Education Graduate Education Research Communities Enabling Change Leadership
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GRADUATE EDUCATION

A leading technological research university must educate and prepare the next generation of research and professional leaders.

We will graduate those who have mastered the specialized knowledge of their chosen disciplines and who are gaining the maturity and experience to assume positions of research and technological leadership across multiple sectors.

4.1 Resident Graduate Education
Research provides the intellectual grounding and training for the next generation of scholars and technological leaders. This requires a vibrant graduate student body and a strong research-based resident graduate program that attracts the most talented students. We will:

  • Target a resident graduate student population of 2,500, with 1,600 Ph.D. students.
  • Strengthen the standards for admission to our graduate programs, drawing students from an expanded national and international base.
  • Dramatically expand federally funded graduate training programs, particularly at the intersection of basic and applied sciences, and engineering.
  • Focus on comprehensive professional development for our graduate students.
  • Align our professional degree programs with the Global Challenges, linked to our signature research thrusts.
  • Integrate the use of interactive assessment techniques to improve learning outcomes for all graduate education and training programs.

Research provides the intellectual grounding and training for the next generation of scholars and technological leaders. This requires a vibrant graduate student body and a strong research-based resident graduate program that attracts the most talented students.

4.2 CLASS for Graduate Students
A successful research-based graduate program rests in a residential experience that complements their training as scholars. As is the case for our undergraduates, CLASS must enable a distinguishing experience for our graduate students. We will:

  • Establish a Graduate Center to provide advocacy, support, and guidance for graduate students, and their families, throughout their tenure at Rensselaer.
  • Develop concomitant programming and support for postdoctoral researchers, acknowledging that the postdoctoral position represents the culmination of formal graduate education.
  • Significantly expand residential housing options for graduate students and their families.
  • Extend the precepts of CLASS to our working professional programs, including Rensselaer at Hartford.

4.3 A Distributed Rensselaer
We have witnessed the development of new technologically based pedagogical tools, the expansion of new knowledge at unprecedented rates, and a profound shift in the demographics and location of potential students. The ability to host content on the Web, as well as to engage collaboratively with students at remote locations, has opened new possibilities for delivering educational programs in different formats, in order to meet the learning needs of working professionals.

The Rensselaer Plan 2024 calls for a distributed Rensselaer that operates from its campuses in the Northeast, while reaching out to a broader audience of working professionals through regional sites, technology-enabled distributed education, and international presence and partnerships. We will:

  • Position Rensselaer as the educator of choice in our areas of strategic focus through partnerships with major corporations, government agencies, and other top-tier research universities.
  • Create new sites in strategic national and international locations for the delivery of programs for working professionals, with a particular focus on emerging economies around the globe.
  • Exploit our leading-edge interdisciplinary research to develop content for new graduate and executive programs for working professionals.
  • Give particular emphasis to professional and executive graduate programs targeted to Rensselaer alumni/ae.
  • Establish the Office for Advanced Professional Studies to create and coordinate new opportunities in postgraduate educational offerings for working professionals.

Rensselaer at Hartford
For more than 55 years, Rensselaer at Hartford has offered master’s degree and certificate programs to working professionals in management, engineering, and computer science. More than 22,000 alumni/ae have earned advanced degrees at Hartford. Courses are offered on the main Hartford campus and at satellite campuses and corporate facilities. Instruction occurs in traditional classrooms and in a blended format.
We will:

  • Grow the Hartford enrollment to 1,200 working professionals in degree programs.
  • Significantly broaden the base of corporate clients served at Hartford.
  • Link the Hartford educational offerings to the core research strengths of the Institute.
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The Rensselaer Plan 2024

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