The coronavirus pandemic has made much of the country uncertain in terms of employment, not to mention the employment prospects for new graduates up to 2020. According to NBC News, the current labour market is the worst since the 2008 recession: In the past five weeks, more than 30 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits.
In response to this sluggish market, Pitt launched the Pitt2Pitt programme, which this year relaxes the admission requirements for 39 master’s programmes in 11 bachelor’s programmes. University graduates from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area can sign up again for a guided tour at a later date.
Nathan Urban, deputy vice-chancellor of the schools and strategic initiatives, said the high level of Pitts graduates justifies this orderly process because of the COWID 19 crisis.
The labour market will be difficult enough for our new graduates, says Urbanus. Because we are already aware of the high quality of our graduates and programs, we [generally] don’t need as much information as when we sign up.
Pitt will run the programs, either online, in person, or a combination of both, at the discretion of the programs. However, Stedelijk said the situation would change depending on the decision of the university, expected in early July, to schedule for the fall semester.
That’s how these programs are designed. Maybe the preferred method is hybrid or personal or something like that. But if the university is 100% online in the fall, it will be.
In order to apply, potential Urban students must first meet the GPA requirement, which is set by each programme and ranges from 3.0 to 3.5. Some programs also require a license or specific courses and a letter of recommendation. The ERM component has also been removed from all applications under Pitt2Pitt.
Students can select a program on the program’s website that will lead them to the application. The deadlines are mainly set at the end of May – beginning of August. Interested students can get information at the Zoom during the Virtual Recruitment Fair on Thursday from 16.00 to 18.00 hrs.
Under the Pitt2Pitt program, Mr. Urban said that some 20 students from each program are eligible for scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. The amount of $2,500 is generally for students studying in the state and $5,000 for students studying outside the state. According to Urban, however, there is an exception when the difference between the tuition fees of incoming and outgoing students is less than $2,500. In this case, the price will be less than $5,000, he said.
There are some programs where the difference between domestic and foreign education is less than $2,500, Urban said. The scholarship won’t be $5,000. This is all that is needed so that after receiving the scholarship the national and foreign studies are equal.
Urban stated that this also applies in cases where government and non-state actors’ tuition fees are the same for graduates participating in the programme.
If domestic and foreign tuition for the program were the same, the scholarship would be $2,500, Urban said. Whether you’re in the state or not.
After approval of the program by the candidate’s GPA, Urban informs that the candidate will receive a link to apply for the scholarship.
The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science of the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences is one of the programmes where tuition fees are equal for students of university education and distance learning. For a Pennsylvania resident who is a full-time college student, the program will cost $12,371 per semester for the 2019-20 academic year when delivered in person or online. Tuition is the same for out-of-state students, but only if it is available online.
Elizabeth Mahoney, deputy director of Information Culture and Data Management, said she learned about Pitt2Pitt about three weeks ago. Since then, she says, MLIS has rapidly changed its application requirements. Previously, the programme required an application package, a CV, two letters of recommendation and a transcript, but now it only requires a 3.0 average or better and an application submitted for the first year of study. June’s filed.
Mahone said the MLIS program for Pitt2Pitt has about 20 vacancies, but so far few students have met him. She said she was looking forward to meeting other promising students and showing them the many opportunities available to librarians.
I’m happy because it gives me the opportunity to talk to a lot of students, Mahone said. In a bachelor’s programme, students can look for a niche that suits their interests.
At some graduate schools, such as the Graduate School of Public Health, the difference in tuition fees between students studying in the state and students studying abroad is much greater. While tuition fees for a full-time student from Pennsylvania for the 2019-20 academic year were $13,795 per semester, tuition fees for a full-time student from Pennsylvania were $23,407 per semester.
To help cover costs, Cindy Bryce, assistant dean of student affairs at Pitt Public Health, said Pitt will increase scholarships from $4,000 to $10,000, including the university’s share. Bryce said that Pitt Public Health currently has no clear limit on the number of Masters in Public Health positions or research programs, but will inform students when that number is reached.
Bryce added that Pitt’s public health department is steadily lowering its standards thanks to the quality of its higher education at Pitt.
The programmes that have been selected to participate are all convinced that these candidates have received basic training because they have received it here, according to Brice.