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New Emphasis Area added for Southern Miss Doctoral Program in Education PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, January 07, 2010
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A new emphasis area in the doctorate in education offered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Studies and Research gives graduates the skills needed to work as analysts and evaluators in the public and private sector.

Research, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment (RESA) prepares graduates to be skilled researchers and assessment and evaluation experts who can work in education, government, industry and non-profit agencies. Interested students are not required to have a research-focused undergraduate degree to qualify for admission, and introductory courses in research and statistics are available as prerequisites.

“In the private sector, RESA graduates are needed in areas ranging from product quality to risk assessment. In government they are needed to design, collect, analyze and interpret data in areas such as agriculture, labor, education, and the census,” said Dr. Thomas O’Brien, chair of the department.

“And colleges and universities need RESA graduates to teach statistics and research design, conduct and collaborate in research, and consult with economic developers.” 

Dr. Kyna Shelley, coordinator of the program, said the demand for these skills is unlikely to change. “In fact, there’s a lot of evidence to support this as a growth area in the next several years as accountability becomes more and more important in business, education, and government,” she said.

Doctoral student Peggy Jasperson, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska and a former math and science teacher at Lumberton High School, said the RESA program is appealing to her because of her desire to teach statistics at the college level, and have the skill set to assess programming across disciplines and organizations.

“It will prepare me to market myself in both business and education, and enable me to fit into a variety of academic departments and other niches,” she said.
For more information about this program and admission requirements, online visit

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