From The Johns Hopkins University:
Given the challenges of balancing work, family and school, it’s not surprising that over 30 percent of military personnel who return to college drop out in the first semester. Responding to this need, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Division of Public Safety Leadership (DPSL) is bringing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to Aberdeen that are specifically designed to provide a supportive environment that helps active duty, retired military, and civilian support personnel begin and finish their education.
The Division will offer a two-year Bachelor of Science in Management (for those who have an AA degree or 60 transferrable college credits), an 18-month Master of Science in Management, and a two-year Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis to serve those who work or live in the in the Aberdeen region and its surrounding communities.
DPSL programs are offered in a cohort model which is comprised of a group of students who progress through the program together, taking the same courses in the same sequence. Comprised only of military personnel who share similar life experiences, the cohort model provides extraordinary support on a personal level. Cohort members become so close that it is not uncommon for them to send packages to cohort members who have been deployed during the program, help support their families, or simply send email updates and cards.
Faculty and staff support is key to helping students achieve their goals. “We know the unique challenges that military personnel face returning to school and we’re here to help every step of the way,” said Kelly Williams, program adviser. “There’s no standing in line to register for classes or order and pick up textbooks. We do all of this for you. We even assist you with any unexpected personal or professional obligation that may interrupt your studies.”
Students can take advantage of an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines leadership, management, and the humanities. Course content is tailored specifically to meet the needs and challenges faced by current and recently-serving military service personnel. Students engage in diverse courses in organizational behavior, philosophy, ethics, history, change management, research, teaching, and more.
“The instruction and support provided to students in these programs is exceptional. From targeting course content to the complex issues they face every day to working one-on-one to develop their resumes and advance their careers, these degree programs put the students first,” said Sheldon Greenberg, associate dean. “Members of the faculty and staff who drive the programs are committed to and passionate about supporting our military personnel. This comes through in every aspect of the programs.”
Classes in Aberdeen begin this September for the master’s degree; and June 2012 for the bachelor’s degree program. For more information, visit psl.jhu.edu or contact Kelly Williams directly at (410) 516-9900.