Georgetown University’s New Downtown Campus Now Open

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Pete snaps a few photos inside and writes:

“Yesterday Georgetown University opened their new downtown campus for the first day of the fall 2013 semester . The new location at 640 Mass Ave NW (next door to Blackboard), will host only Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, which offers evening and part-time programs aimed at working professionals. This is quite an upgrade over the makeshift campus on Georgetown’s main campus where the SCS has been for the past decade, making the first day of classes feel a bit like a field trip to the Apple store. Take a look.”




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  • andy

    Do people look down on degrees like “Doctor of Liberal Studies” from a “School of Continuing Studies?” I would feel squeamish about having a degree that seemed so nebulous on my resume.

    • When I look at this… all I think about is how it’s a cash cow for Georgetown. I’d bet good money that the vast majority of academics would not be enthusiastic about a degree from a School of Continuing Studies.

    • the liberal studies degrees would be good for your personal fulfillment and nothing else. no employer and certainly no university teaching department is going to treat them as meaningful. not saying your personal fulfillment isn’t important however, having scanned the course catalog they look very interesting!

      • I think it is bit disingenuous to call the DLS program a “cash cow” for Georgetown. The acceptance rate into the program is very low, in keeping with other competitive research doctorate programs at Georgetown. Applicants need to show substantial accomplishment within and outside academia – most have multiple master’s degrees and/or law degrees and very successful careers. Requirements to complete the degree are pretty much the same as as the Ph.D. offered in other departments.

        Graduates of the young program are currently administrators and members of the full-time faculty at a variety of universities (George Mason, Marymount, George Washington University, Georgetown itself, etc.). There has been a very good response to the program’s interdisciplinary focus and academic rigor among peer institutions. Some universities (particularly online) have been spinning up huge doctorate cash cows (particularly Ed.D.’s), but Georgetown’s small, fully residential DLS program does not remotely fall into this category.

        One person commented: “no university teaching department is going to treat them as meaningful.”

        To get an idea of the who embarks on this degree and their reception in academia, google “DLS” with “Keith William Diener” and “George Washington University,” or “William Costanza” and “Marymount University,” or “Karen Wilhelm” and “George Mason University.” The list goes on. There have only been a handful of DLS graduates, but the record already shows that the placement rate is pretty high for those who earn this degree and choose to work in academia.

  • School of continuing studies is a common term used by schools of all tiers to attract students that are already employed and experienced. It usually doesn’t show up on the diploma because the actual degree is from the school of engineering/law/whatever.

    • The degrees are labeled differently than say an M.A., M.S., M.P.A., MBA, etc. From the website: The Master of Professional Studies In Real Estate Program (“MPS/RE”).

      However, I’m not judging the value of the degree, just pointing out where the distinction lies. I’d imagine if you’re already in your career field and want to get a bounce, actually learn a skill, or get a promotion, then this type of degree would work for you. It would most likely not be accepted as an “academic” degree if you were to go for a PhD. But that is not why you would get this type of degree, I suspect.

      I have a friend that did the Real Estate program and he is not doing awesome at a major real estate brokerage firm.

      • Correction for above comment:

        I have a friend that did the Real Estate program and he *IS* doing awesome at a major real estate brokerage firm

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