At its meeting on February 10, the Council of Regents approved the addition of new degrees and the extension of the withdrawal period.
UW-Madison Vice-Rector and Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs John Scholz Introduces New Degree programs to the Education Committee. Three of the programs – the Master of Science in School Psychology, the Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology and the Bachelor’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science – will be implemented at UW-Madison.
Deputy Director of Communications Todd Finkelmeier said in an email to The Badger Herald that a master’s degree in school psychology is not necessarily a new program, but it has been around for 50 years.
According to Book meeting of the Committee on Education, it is important to restructure the degree because changes have been made to government requirements and institutional accreditation. This program will give students access to paid internships during the clinical part of their studies.
The program aims to address the shortage of school psychologists in WI, “offering a program for those who wish to become a school psychologist or pursue a career in academia to prepare future school psychologists,” the Book of Meetings said.
Teachers in the program have created a rough program plan and are ready to implement the program in the coming fall semester.
Creating a Doctor of Philosophy. school psychology will rebrand the existing PhD. in educational psychology, Finkelmeier said.
“In a nutshell, in this new program everything is the same as in the old program, but in the student’s diploma it will be written“ Ph.D. in School Psychology ”instead of“ Ph.D. in educational psychology, ”Finkelmeier said.
The program, however, is “separate and distinct” from the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, according to the Book of Meetings. Instead, it will focus on expanding learning in schools that struggle to provide adequate services to students. The number of graduates who will train future school psychologists will also increase.
The Board of Regents unanimously approved all proposed new degree programs.
In addition, the interim vice president of UW System for student achievement John Akhter offered a petition to extend the cancellation of the application fee for all UW schools except UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire.
Schools began abolishing the fee in August 2020, and in December 2020 the Council of Regents made it universal for all schools except UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire.
At the meeting, Akhter said that the refusal to collect led to a 25% increase in applications for the degree from the fall of 2020 to the fall of 2021. These applications helped increase the number of new freshmen by 3.9%, while the country saw a decline.
The Council of Regents will meet again on April 7 at UW-Stevens Point.