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SPR-SUM 2017

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36 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 BY LIZ MASSEY PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW CUNNINGHAM Spotlight on College of Graduate and Professional Studies Maria Altobello, Dean of Franklin Pierce's College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) says the college's reputation as "agile and entrepreneurial" is driven by a desire to meet the needs of adult learners in New Hampshire and the surrounding area, as well as students from around the country drawn to some of Pierce's most competitive master's and doctoral degrees. "We want our students to stay here," she says. "We want to provide them with opportunities in order to do that, so we ask, 'What can we offer that's enticing, that will encourage them to stay [in New Hampshire] after graduation?'" Altobello, who became dean in 2015, says this focus on the part of CGPS led to the development of a number of health care and business-oriented degrees and certificates. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, which emerged at Franklin Pierce in the early 2000s, is an example of how Pierce leveraged its size and scale to benefit graduate students. A strong emphasis on research and evidence-based practice is the backbone of the DPT program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Assistant Professor Jenny Wasserman, who teaches at the Manchester campus, received a grant in 2016 from the women's health section of the American Physical Therapy Association to study effective treatments for chronic Caesarean section scar pain. Hers is the first study to be done on this topic and her findings will provide evidence to support this novel treatment. "Research projects like this help put Franklin Pierce on the map as a university at the forefront of physical therapy practice, while providing the students with fantastic opportunities to participate in clinical research," Wasserman says. Olga McSorley, academic coordinator of clinical education and an assistant professor for the DPT program, identified community service as another factor that differentiates Franklin Pierce from other institutions. "Our program embraces the value of community service and understands how it helps students as much as it helps the people or groups they serve," she explains. In all CGPS degree programs and certificates, things move quickly, according to Altobello. "More things happen in less time here," she says. "We have the ability to launch a new program to respond to market needs within the same academic year, without skipping steps or cutting corners." THE UNIVERSITY AT 2012 Business Plus accelerated degree programs started (first undergraduate/ graduate collaboration) Ravens Athletics adds sprint football, men's and women's track and field, men's cross country and women's ice hockey to its programming, bringing the University's sports sponsorship up to 23 programs Our program embraces the value of community service and understands how it helps students as much as it helps the people or groups they serve. Keeping it professional: CGPS moves at the rapid pace of its students

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