A Note From the Director
We are off to a great start in 2018 with the wonderful news that our PSM degree earned re-affiliation status from the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA), which means that our program meets the standards set by the association. We are delighted by this recognition as it attests to the breath and rigor of our degree. We had a busy 2017 in which we graduated 5 PSM students; all of whom completed excellent internship work, and I want to take this opportunity to urge you to visit the Internship link on the webpage to view the diverse internship projects our students participate in. I also want to take this opportunity to again remind you that we want to celebrate all your successes and milestones, so please contact us with your good news, no matter how small or large the recognition is. We are still growing our program and we are still accepting students every fall, spring and summer. This past fall to increase our visibility as the only affiliated PSM degree program in Washington State, we conducted several webinars to reach out to interested students. It was very successful, and we are planning to repeat this outreach and marketing strategy in the spring. We continue to be impressed by the scope and quality of our PSM students and our goal is to continue to have an open dialogue with you all, not only to solicit feedback but also to energetically act upon that feedback. To that end, the curriculum is always on our radar screen with the objective of adding and developing new courses, even in times of university budget constraints.
We were delighted that several PSM students joined us in Pullman for the 2017 annual SMB retreat that takes place in the week before the semester starts in August, and as a heads up we will be sending an invitation to all of you soon for the 2018 retreat. In addition, last year I attended the 8th annual National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) meeting in Phoenix: the theme of which was “Build, Grow and Sustain” https://npsma.wildapricot.org/event-2572845. This year was the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first PSM degree (1997), and the success in the growth of PSM degrees nationally and internationally was celebrated. The meeting afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with other PSM directors and to hear about all the new PSM initiatives that are indicative of a very energetic PSM community. The conference was packed with informative presentations from business owners, government officials, and educators; all of whom are strong advocates of PSM degrees. In addition to continuing the advocacy of PSM program growth, the NPSMA has launched a new program ‘PSM for our State’ to further increase the awareness of this relatively new but highly relevant degree to meet the needs of current and future employees and employers.
Here’s to another successful PSM year!