Services Science, Engineering and Management Conference, at IBM Palisades, October 6-7

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Debra Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools

Have shared some assumptions that service sectors will be large in the future

Advancing services in non-service companies

Also a science in service businesses

Mondale: If you're sure that you know everything that's going on, then you're hopelessly confused

  • Not the Washington question: What did you know and when did you know it?

What needs to happen in the current phase?

In the positive global convergence of a corporate business putting forth an agenda on something that it thinks is important, to a group of academics who are enthusiastic and motivated?

  • What happens next?
  • The next phase to find people in our institution who will move these ideas forward?

Usually the title will be vp of research and/or dean of grad studies: advancing either research or grad education

  • Graduate senior is the senior official responsible for oversight
  • Includes U.S. schools and Canadian schools
  • European schools are getting more like this

Graduate education will push innovators

  • 1.15M students of 1.6M are master's
  • Most faculty care about Ph.D.s

Also need certificate programs, e.g. Berkeley -- package of advanced training

Graduate schools need to determine that faculty standards are met

  • Reflect diversity
  • Link employers

Beyond quality (which students don't know much about), students say:

  • Interested in linkage between education and future jobs
  • Compelling need for transparency in process
  • Fixed time: a destination, not a lifetime
  • Faculty generally don't like these career preparation, students don't want prepare for a job, but instead prepare for lifetime where they will have to change for jobs

Employers: strongest advocates for graduate education

  • Need flexible students
  • Global economy, but can work locally
  • Flexible
  • Can deal effectively with people

Professional science master's: developed with the sponsorship of the Sloan Foundation, located in the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington

  • 75 graduate programs
  • Unfilled niche: science-based companies wanted something beyond bachelor, but not up to a Ph.D.
  • It's science-plus, i.e. science plus the business of science (law, communications, business)
  • Helsinki program described yesterday looks like this

How can deans help?

  • Find ways to mobilize students

How to scale up:

  • Recommend to faculty: know it takes time, but have to find allies, need to make services science the dean's problems
    • IBM money will go away some day, and you need to find an institutional home and commitment
  • Recommend to administrators: recognize services science is on the frontier, and it's risky
  • Recommend to employers: they say they want these people trained, and then employ people with degrees like they have, so need commitment to hire graduates

Asked: is the world is flat?

  • Believes Richard Florida, that the world is spiky
  • How to ensure that your region is on a spike?
  • Focus on compelling areas
  • Universities are at the source of spikes, but it's not just any university


Globally-integrated enterprise. What do we do about supply-demand imbalances? Ph.D. shortage in India

  • Indian government has committed to grow Ph.D. programs by 5 times in 6 to 7 years
  • American model: take undergraduates paid by public funds elsewhere, draw them to the U.S., and keep them here
    • 60% to 70% of science and engineering graduates are like this, even despite declines
  • Some American schools are starting programs in Asia
  • But Ph.D. programs aren't something you can turn on and off

Professional master's degree numbers? Professional doctorate degrees

  • 1200 PSMs, but some are very small and niche oriented (e.g. graduate and start a new business)

Jim Spohrer:  Will have meetings of employers

Debra: Have a book on PSM program, can find on web site

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