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Apr 12, 2021

In episode 136 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Jeanine Dudle and Dr. Sarah Strauss of Worcester Polytechnic Institute about launching a pioneering graduate program in community climate adaptation. The three discuss the challenges of starting a new program; how they developed the curricula; what type of students would excel in their program and the growing demand for professionals with a strong adaptation background.

Topics covered:

  • The state of climate adaptation programs in higher education.
  • The origins of Jeanine and Sarah’s interest in starting a graduate program in adaptation.
  • The unique nature of WPI’s’ adaptation Master’s program.
  • The challenges of starting a Master’s program in an emerging field.
  • The types of students that will thrive in this type of program.
  • Is there a need for adaptation graduates?
  • What’s the job market look like?
  • How can you apply to the program?

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