Excelsior College to Introduce School of Public Service on September 1

Scott Dalrymple, PhDToday, Excelsior offers more than 34 degree and certificate programs across four schools—Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Nursing. Beginning on September 1, 2013, Excelsior College will be adding a fifth school, The School of Public Service (SPS). Initially, existing criminal justice and military studies programs within the School of Liberal Arts will be moved to the new school. Down the road, the School of Public Service will include new curriculum and master’s degree programs.

During the first year of operation, Dr. Scott Dalrymple will serve as the as the dean of both the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Service and in July 2014 a new dean for the School of Public Service will be selected.

Dr. Dalrymple shared some insight with Excelsior Life about The School of Public Service.

Excelsior Life: What will the new school include? Was there a need?
Dalrymple: The main reason for the new school is that SLA is currently stretched so thin– we offer education in everything from Shakespeare to Microbiology to Counterterrorism. All liberal arts schools include the first two, but rarely the third. Criminal justice and military studies will thrive and grow with more focused attention.

Excelsior Life: How will the School of Liberal Arts (SLA) change?
Dalrymple: The reconfigured SLA will still have around 7,500 enrolled students, so it won’t change significantly. It will still house all programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Excelsior Life: Can you share some of the current and future plans for the new school?
Dalrymple: When it opens for business in September, SPS will house our bachelor’s and master’s programs in criminal justice and our new bachelor’s program in military studies. Going forward, we plan to ask New York State for permission to add new graduate programs, including a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.