Standards for Graduate Education
Graduate education is not wholly distinct from undergraduate education, since all education is a continuous process of personal development. Neither are graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels entirely identical. Some programs have an academic research orientation while others focus on the professional development of students. However, all graduate programs require the development of more sophisticated and complex skills in students than do undergraduate programs. In general, they place more stress on students’ abilities to critically analyze facts and theories, to make independent judgments based on objective data, to aptly communicate what has been learned, and to synthesize new ideas to make sound decisions. All graduate programs at La Salle are expected to emphasize these more advanced skills. In graduate work at La Salle, all students are expected to:
- Think critically and independently and master the skills presently demanded in their field of study;
- Understand both current and traditional approaches to their discipline;
- Become thoroughly familiar with the current literature of their discipline by regular use of the standard references, current journals, and professional publications;
- Contribute substantially to courses through research projects, seminar papers, case studies, and supervised field experiences;
- Apply ideas and facts learned in courses to original or application-oriented projects and papers; and
- Adhere in their written work to high standards of grammar, punctuation, organization, and style. When appropriate, the official manual of style adopted by the discipline should be followed.