Survey announcement: Help us gather data for the Graduate Program Consumer's Guide

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ship in heavy seaDuring the coming year the National Council on Public History will prepare a Graduate Program Consumer’s Guide. The Consumer’s Guide will serve as a tool for anyone weighing the pros and cons of pursuing a degree or certificate in public history. Robert Weyeneth, president of the NCPH and director of the public history program at the University of South Carolina, outlined the rationale for the Consumer’s Guide last September in a series of posts for History@Work. Collectively titled “A Perfect Storm,” the posts addressed the widely held perception that a “jobs crisis” exists in the field of public history. Weyeneth argued that NCPH can and should commit its organizational resources to ensuring that public history programs offer the highest quality training to the next generation of practitioners, who will undoubtedly face a highly competitive job market.

As a first step toward producing the Consumer’s Guide, the New Professional and Graduate Student Committee of NCPH announced plans earlier this winter for a survey soliciting feedback from History@Work readers. The committee will participate in creating the Consumer’s Guide, and we are eager to hear from current public history students, long-established professionals, and everyone in-between. What kind of information do you think the NCPH should include in the Consumer’s Guide? Please follow this link and answer a few survey questions. Your feedback is indispensable to the process of crafting a Graduate Program Consumer’s Guide that will benefit our field and the next generation of practitioners. We hope that the survey will also stimulate discussions that continue during the upcoming NCPH meeting in Monterey.

~ New Professional and Graduate Student Committee

  1. kristen says:

    As one of the committee members I want to remind you all that you don’t have to be an NCPH member to take the survey. Please feel free to send this out to your own alumni email lists or other listservs!

  2. kristen says:

    A few folks have asked me how long it will take to complete the survey and whether or not it can be done on mobile.

    It will take roughly between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on how much you want to contribute to the 5 open ended questions.

    As for mobile, I honestly don’t have an answer for that. Anyone take it that way? Want to weigh in? Thanks in advance!

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