Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a GW Hatchet article discussing a new graduate certificate in environmental resource policy at George Washington University.
The new program will use an interdisciplinary approach, according to the article, and it will consist entirely of existing classes. Radomski noted that this is a common practice, because "administrators want to make as much money as they can from what they already invest in courses and resources.”
He also explained that since universities are dependent on enrollment and tuition revenue, “they need to make sure that their courses and degree programs, including certificate programs, majors, minors, et cetera, have a high enrollment. Frequently, that’s then tied to where they see the greatest needs.”
He added that an advantage of small programs is that "courses can be included or modified to adapt to changes in a field."
“They’re able to change on a dime, as opposed to a larger program, and for some programs that’s a good thing,” Radomski said.