Gerontology Program Database
Gerontology Program Database
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When two gerontology faculty, Dr. Rona Karasik (St. Cloud State University) and Dr. Julie Masters (UNO), were writing a chapter on master’s programs in gerontology for the seventh edition of the AGHE Standards and Guidelines, they were interested in knowing how many Gerontology programs there were in the United States. Having this number could serve as an indicator of growth or maintenance in the field for their project. A review of various databases led them to consider the value of creating a searchable document that would be useful for their current and future interests along with others in the field of gerontology.
Enter the Gerontology interns. Drawing on the research and organizational skills of Monica Bolin, a service year member of the Champions of Aging program through Home Instead, and Lauren O’Leary, an undergraduate research assistant and gerontology certificate student in the Department of Gerontology on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the team created an Excel database to list current programs in gerontology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The following methodology was used by the “Gero Database Team” to identify active programs in the United States:
The search conducted by the “Gero Database Team” began by state, starting with Alabama and proceeding in alphabetical order. To identify lists of a state’s colleges and universities, the team utilized a general Google search. This generated lists directly from Google, but the preferred result was a state government’s education department’s compiled higher education list. When not available, the team had to piece together lists to make sure to analyze all institutions, especially in the case of community colleges. After lists of the state’s universities and colleges were located, the team went through each educational institution’s website, specifically looking in their academics tab searching for a thorough list of programs. If this was not available, the team used the search bar and entered key words to identify any Gerontology programs in that city/state. Keywords included: gerontology, gero, aging, and aging studies. If the search identified potential programs, the team explored them further to ensure that the program was still active.
The final product is a database which lists if each program category is available at individual institutions. The program categories are the following: major, minor, undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate, masters, and PhD. Because the team was interested in identifying only Gerontology specific programs, not included are those with a gerontology concentration tied to another degree. Readers can find a link to each program’s website as well as contact information for each program as found on their website. Persons wanting to make any corrections to their entry will want to ensure their website is up to date so the database will refer people to the most current information.