CSU Graduate Expo Puts Prospective Students in Touch with Professors

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University turns the spotlight on its growing lineup of advanced degrees with its Graduate Expo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at CSU’s Cunningham Center.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Professors from programs offering master’s and specialist degrees, as well as specialized certificates and CSU’s doctorate in education, will be on hand at the expo to answer questions and discuss program details with prospective students.

“If you get a master’s (or other graduate degree) from Columbus State University, it’s going to open up opportunities because it’s a practical degree,” said Greg Domin, associate provost and director of CSU’s Graduate School.

Graduate Expo 2011

The Nov. 3 Graduate Expo is timely for prospective students interested in seeking new opportunities with the dawn of 2013 as Nov. 30 is the deadline to apply for spring entry into most of CSU’s graduate programs.

Columbus now lists 50 graduate degrees and certificate programs in 16 broad areas of study on its website, http://ColumbusState.edu/gradschool.

And that doesn’t include a new Master of Education with a major in teacher leadership that Columbus State just got approved by the state Board of Regents at its October meeting. Columbus State advocated the new M.Ed. track as “strategically designed to meet the professional development needs of classroom teachers who do not plan on moving into administrative positions within their school systems.”

The new M.Ed. will bring to 11 the number of totally online graduate degree programs at Columbus State.

“As we add more degrees, you can expect we’ll add more online,” Domin said. “This degree is important because it will allow you as a teacher to get a raise and it recognizes that we’re not necessarily training all teachers to become principals, but we are training faculty to be leaders in their schools.”

Beyond Columbus State’s graduate degrees featuring all online classes, listed at http://ColumbusState.edu/online, more graduate programs offer courses among conventional face-to-face degree programs where classes can be taken in person or online.

CSU’s Graduate School is also offering its graduate students and those from beyond the university more opportunities to discuss their work beyond class. On Thursday, dozens of graduate students and faculty from 12 universities in eight states gathered for CSU’s second annual Graduate Research Conference. Students and faculty presented papers related to the conference theme of “Putting the Pieces Together? Interdisciplinary Solutions for the Modern World,” as well as unrelated papers.

CSU’s new M.Ed. is the first new graduate degree approved by the state Board of Regents since five degrees approved in 2011: Master of Education in theatre education; Master of Music in performance; Master of Arts in history; Master of Science in Nursing, an online degree in collaboration with Clayton State University; and a Specialist in Education in special education.

Four more new Columbus State graduate degree proposals are currently in the works, Domin said.

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Photo caption: Michael Bailey, from left and Fred Gordon, both Columbus State University faculty, talk to a prospective student about CSU’s three-prong Master of Public Administration program during a 2011 Graduate Expo at Columbus State.