CGS Webinars

    ​CGS webinars provide members with an interactive environment for learning about important issues in graduate education and research. Led by CGS staff and other experts in the field, webinars are designed to help participants gain useful background information as well as tools and resources that support their institution’s goals. Participation is open to individuals listed as representatives of their institution as well as other staff at member institutions. CGS member institutions also benefit from access to all webinar presentations and audio recordings. Please login to visit the CGS Webinar Recordings page for access.


    Invitations to participate in CGS webinars are sent to all CGS member institutions.


    Upcoming Webinars


    Strategies for Improving Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons from the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Programs (Register Now!)

    Tuesday, May 2 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET


    This webinar will offer strategies for creating an inclusive environment for graduate study. Cornell University, the 2016 winner of the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Programs, will describe four interventions designed to promote the academic and social engagement of graduate students across different identity groups. This webinar will also share information about preparing a successful proposal for the 2017 ETS/CGS Award, which recognizes excellence in promoting diversity and inclusiveness.



    • Barbara Knuth, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Cornell University
    • Sara Xayarath Hernandez, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Student Engagement, Graduate School, Cornell University
    • Colleen McLinn, Director, Cornell University Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL), Graduate School


    Navigating the Current Policy Environment



    What are the current policy issues that are currently affecting graduate education? What messages are most effective for demonstrating the value of graduate degree holders to the economy and public good? This webinar is designed to help graduate deans and their staff understand the current policy environment and become stronger advocates for graduate education. The webinar will highlight CGS resources that can be used for advocacy work in a wide variety of contexts.



    • Beth Buehlmann, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs
    Past Webinars


    Potential Changes to CGS/GRE Graduate Enrollment & Degrees Survey
    (April 18, 2017)

    As you know, GE&D is an annual survey project jointly sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Board. It is the only national survey that captures data broadly on master's and doctoral education in the United States, graduate application counts, and enrollment data by degree level (e.g., master’s v. doctoral degrees). We are considering several changes to data collected to enhance the value and utility of this important effort and asked for feedback from graduate deans, data collectors, and others who submit and use data at our member institutions. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Top Issues and Priorities for Graduate Deans
    (April 4, 2017)

    This webinar provides an overview of results from the 2017 CGS Pressing Issues Survey, a research effort designed to better understand the top issues currently faced by graduate deans and graduate schools. Be among the first to learn about insights from the newly re-designed survey, and find out what keeps your colleagues up at night. Participants will be invited to share their suggestions for programming that can help CGS to better address members’ needs and priorities. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Making Sense of Data from the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey
    (February 28, 2017)

    Where does your institution stand with respect to national trends in international graduate student enrollment? Are other universities experiencing similar patterns, or is your university an outlier? This webinar provides an overview of the 2016 International Graduate Admissions survey results, and provide an opportunity for CGS members to share their questions and experiences. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement: Preparing Your Institution’s Proposal
    (January 24, 2017)

    This webinar provides details to help you prepare a proposal to participate in Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement, a CGS best practice project to increase the capacity of graduate schools to gather data on PhD career pathways and use them for program improvement, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A revised Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in March 2017; please refresh your browser to ensure you are working from the most recent documents. Please note: This webinar occurred before the revised RFP was issued; contains some outdated material. Full proposals are due May 1. U.S. based, doctoral-granting CGS member institutions are eligible to submit a proposal. See presentation slides.


    A Behind the Scenes Look at Graduate Enrollment & Degrees
    (October 20, 2016)

    This webinar provides an overview of the 2016 Graduate Enrollment & Degree survey results. Learn about the latest trends in applications for admission to graduate school, first-time and total graduate student enrollment, and graduate degrees and certificates conferred. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Dissertation Forward: Rethinking the PhD Thesis
    (September 8, 2016)

    This webinar situated doctoral dissertations in their historical context and the present moment in order to look towards the future. Faculty panelists Christopher Loss and Cassidy Sugimoto presented their research and discussed how their participation in a January 2016 workshop (#DissFwd) affected their thinking about the future of the dissertation. See presentation slides.


    CGS Project on the Master's Degree
    (August 11, 2016)

    Launched in early 2016, the CGS Project on the Master’s Degree aims to chart the future of master’s education. The Joint Committee on the Master’s Degree determined that master’s degree requirements are defined by competencies, shaped by demand, and distinguished by metrics that define quality and rigor. The emerging conceptual framework is different from the traditional framework because it aligns the forces that can be harnessed to drive responsiveness and innovation in current degrees and launch future degrees. This webinar will offer an overview of the application of the Alignment Framework, as it aims to provide deans and program directors with research and analysis tools for alignment of competencies, demand, and metrics in order to continuously improve existing degrees and strategically advance the emerging portfolio of new degrees. See presentation slides.


    Measuring the Impact of International Experiences

    (June 16, 2016)

    As budget decisions become more metrics-driven, universities and research funders are increasingly called upon to demonstrate the impact of international experiences for graduate students. However, there is no consensus on the best methods for tracking the outcomes of such experiences for graduate students, institutions, and the research enterprise. This webinar will highlight current perspectives on this important topic and share the outcomes of a February workshop to explore future needs. See presentation slides.


    State Snapshots and other Advocacy Resources

    (May 17, 2016)

    This webinar will introduce you to the array of resources available on the Public Policy & Advocacy webpages. These include items such as: State Snapshots, sample letters to policymakers, and tips to consider when planning for meetings with key decision makers on campus. During the webinar, CGS staff will demonstrate how to navigate this webpage. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Promoting Diversity through the ETS/CGS Award: Lessons from Past Awardees

    (May 10, 2016)

    Learn how the most recent winner of the ETS/CGS Award, UCLA, is promoting diversity on its campus through the ETS/CGS award. Webinar participants will also have the chance to ask advice and questions on preparing a proposal. The session will feature Q and A on the award’s rules and selection criteria. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Financial Education: Results and Implications for University Programs

    (April 12, 2016)

    Through the Enhancing Student Financial Education initiative, an initiative supported by TIAA, CGS collaborated with 15 research partners and 19 affiliate universities to shape programs and resources for graduate students and undergraduates. In this webinar, CGS project staff will discuss preliminary results of nearly 30 focus groups with master’s and doctoral students and findings from survey data on the financial circumstances and perspectives of over 20,000 graduate students. Presenters will discuss the implications of these findings for resource and program design, and will share selected recommendations from institutional project leaders.  Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Taking Advantage of CGS Website Resources

    (March 23, 2016)

    The Council of Graduate Schools' website features many important resources for the graduate education community. In this short presentation, you will learn how to search the CGS membership database, download publications, and more. CGS staff will also provide a brief tour of website resources with a focus on those requiring member login. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions

    (February 22, 2016)

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) recently released a report outlining the findings of a year-long research project on holistic graduate admissions. With the support of Hobsons, CGS surveyed graduate deans and university admissions professionals to better understand the current state of graduate admissions at U.S. institutions. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the report's highlights, which include: (1) Promising practices and recommendations for graduate institutions seeking to learn more about or to implement holistic admissions processes; and (2) Examples of work that CGS member institutions are doing to implement holistic admissions processes and increase diversity on their campuses.  Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    A Behind the Scenes Look at Graduate Enrollment & Degrees

    (November 17, 2015)

    You may have noticed some changes in the most recent version of CGS’ Graduate Enrollment and Degrees report. The new format and refreshed content were made possible thanks to the many institutions that participate in the CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees each year. Implemented continuously since 1986, the survey remains the preeminent source of information on applications, offers of admission, and enrollment of graduate students in the United States. Join Jeff Allum, CGS’ assistant vice president of research and policy analysis, as he presents an overview of the survey and its various uses, and foreshadows some possible changes to come. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.

    Understanding Graduate Student Debt
    (October 28, 2015)

    The general media is inundated with eye-catching charts and figures that (claim to) portray the landscape of graduate student debt. However, no single chart or figure can capture the complexity of the issue. Even if two charts share the same data source, takeaway messages may contradict one another. This webinar will offer insights into some of the popularly referenced statistics and add context to how the media talks about graduate student debt. The webinar will also discuss resources and ideas that may help graduate deans better communicate – both on and off campus – a fuller picture of graduate debt. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Winning Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion
    (July 30, 2015)

    How do you promote diversity, inclusion and student success on your campus? Recent winners of the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education, Duke University and Florida International University, shared the strategies they developed for their own university projects. Webinar attendees asked presenters for advice on developing their own proposals for the ETS/CGS Award, which encourages innovations that promise to improve the success of a diverse and inclusive student population. Proposals are due September 11, 2015. Click here to access the webinar recording, presentation slides and extended Q&A.


    Launching a 3-Minute Thesis® Competition at your University
    (June 24, 2015)

    This webinar explores an increasingly popular outreach event for graduate schools. Veteran deans Jeannine Blackwell and Maureen Grasso share their keys for holding a successful competition that showcases the research of your students while building appreciation for graduate education in your community. Topics include engaging faculty, choosing judges, developing a publicity plan, and maximizing the impact of the finished products. Click here to access the webinar recording, presentation slides and extended Q&A.


    Findings from the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion
    (May 12, 2015

    This discussion highlights the results of the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC), the most recent research report of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Supported by the National Science Foundation (grant #1138814), this study provides the most comprehensive estimate to date of completion rates, attrition rates, times-to-degree, and times-to-attrition for underrepresented minority students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD programs. The report also sheds light on factors likely to contribute to the successful completion of the PhD. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Origins and Destinations of International Students to U.S. Institutions
    (April 16, 2015

    Join Neil Ruiz, senior policy analyst and associate fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as he presents findings from The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations, the first study to track the local origins, size, and growth rate of the foreign student population on a metropolitan level. Dr. Ruiz will describe national and metro-level data on the region of origin from which international students come to the U.S. with particular focus on graduate students. The presentation will also include information on how graduate deans can access the reports and datasets. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2014
    (September 23, 2014)

    Jaqui C. Falkenheim and Mark Fiegener, Senior Analyst and Social Science Analyst from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics presented the most recent science & engineering indicators data for 2014. They discussed post-graduation employment trends of U.S. doctorate recipients by field, location, and economic sector of employment. The presentation also includes information on how graduate deans can access reports and datasets. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides.


    Recent Data from The Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers
    (May 13, 2014)

    The Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, a CGS collaboration with Educational Testing Service (ETS), was a research effort that addressed the challenge of understanding the multiple pathways that graduate students take through graduate school and into the various careers they choose to pursue. In this webinar, Dr. Cathy Wendler, Senior Strategic Advisor at ETS, will present soon-to-be-released data from the student perspective on the graduate school experience. Graduate deans and staff will become familiar with how students learned about career options and the extent to which graduate education prepared – or did not prepare – them in skills important in the workplace. Data by degree level (master’s vs. doctorate) and by 11 fields of study will be shared. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2012-2022
    (April 30, 2014)

    Kristina Bartsch and James Franklin, Division Chiefs in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections program, presented the most recent employment projections for 2012-2022. They also discussed the growth in demand for occupations by typical education and training requirements, particularly as they pertain to graduate education. The presentation includes information on how graduate deans can access BLS reports and data. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Making the Most of GradSense: An Online Financial Tool for Students
    (April 7, 2014)

    This webinar will highlight ways to use, a new website developed by CGS as part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education initiative, in collaboration with TIAA-CREF. GradSense is a unique online resource that provides graduate and undergraduate students with interactive tools and information relevant to financial issues in higher education. Topics covered on the website include: the value of pursuing an advanced degree, loan repayment, the long-term impact of everyday spending and saving decisions, and navigating the transition from student to career professional. Attendees will learn how to integrate this resource into their own websites and outreach activities, receive information about sources for the site's debt and potential earnings data, and explore ideas for the tool's evolution as this Best Practice initiative in financial education progresses. Click here to access the webinar presentation slides.


    National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: Results from 2012
    (January 14, 2014)

    The U.S. Department of Education recently released its “First Look” at the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a comprehensive data collection effort undertaken every four years to examine characteristics of students in postsecondary education, with special focus on how they finance their education. The agency will be releasing new tables this spring describing student financing trends of graduate students, and Dr. Tracy Hunt-White, Project Officer for NPSAS, and Dr. Sean Simone, Associate Project Officer for NPSAS, will share selected results with the CGS community. In addition, Drs. Hunt-White and Simone will explain how graduate deans can directly access NPSAS datasets and reports. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Preparing Graduate Research Fellowship Applications
    (October 23, 2013)

    This session provided an overview of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and the program updates for the FY2014 competition. Gisele Muller-Parker, GRFP Program Director, and Henning Schroeder, CGS/NSF Dean in Residence, engaged participants in a discussion about how they can help applicants to be competitive. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Occupational Resources for the Graduate Community: An overview of O*NET
    (August 14, 2013)

    Pamela Frugoli, Team Lead for O*NET/Competency Assessment at the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, will describe O*NET information, free online tools containing hundreds of occupational definitions and related information to help students, job seekers, businesses and others understand the skills and knowledge needed of American workers. Her presentation will include information on what types of data are available, how these data were collected, and how graduate deans and graduate students can access and use these data. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Completion and Attrition in STEM Master's Programs
    (May 2013)

    Master’s education is the fastest growing and largest part of the graduate education enterprise in the United States, yet until recently, there was a lack of key information regarding master’s completion and attrition rates and factors contributing to student success. This webinar will share data and insights from the CGS project designed to address these gaps, Completion and Attrition in STEM Master’s Programs, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Using National Data to Examine Trends in US Graduate Education
    (April 2013)

    Dr. Nirmala (Nimmi) Kannankutty, acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation, will describe data, resources, and key indicators on graduate education and the workforce as offered by the NCSES. The NCSES is the central federal clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on science, engineering, technology, and research and development. Her presentation will include information on how graduate deans can access and use these data. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Benchmarking Graduate Education for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): New Tools for CGS Members 
    (December 2012)

    This webinar introduces members to the PSI Dashboard and other tools for developing robust and comprehensive RCR programs for graduate students. In 2012, CGS concluded a multi-year Project for Scholarly Integrity, funded by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, to identify strategies for institutionalizing RCR. The six universities in the project agreed to adopt common tools to assess their graduate programs’ policies and practices and their institutions’ organizational climate for research integrity. Participants will learn about strategies for using the tools to assess campus needs and to communicate with faculty, staff, and students about research integrity needs on campus. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning: Preparing a Successful Proposal
    (July 2012)

    This webinar provided details about the background, objectives and RFP criteria of a new grant opportunity to embed skills in assessing undergraduate learning into PFF or similar programs. See Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Learning for more information about this Best Practice project funded by the Teagle Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Ethics Education in International STEM Collaborations: Preparing a Successful Proposal

    In this webinar, CGS staff provided information about the background, objectives and RFP criteria of a new NSF-funded Best Practice grant opportunity, Modeling Effective Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations: A Learning Outcomes Approach. Please click here to access the webinar recording.


    Transitioning Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Affiliation Process to the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
    (June 2012)

    In January 2006, the Council of Graduate Schools, supported of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, assumed primary responsibility for the growth and promotion of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Initiative, with the goal of making the PSM a regular feature of U.S. graduate education. CGS will transfer the PSM Affiliation review process to the Keck Graduate Institute by July 2012. This webinar provided an update regarding the transition planning by CGS and the new PSM Office at KGI as well as the plans for CGS to promote the PSM going forward. Participants in this webinar gained perspective regarding the value of PSM affiliation, information on planning for sustainability of PSM programs, and a timeline and instructions on submitting new applications to the PSM Office at KGI.


    Introduction to CGS Career Portal
    (May 2012)

    This webinar introduced you to the new CGS Career Portal, the only online employment resource for graduate education professionals. Employers of graduate education professionals learned about opportunities for managing job postings and promoting awareness of their institutions and companies via the site. The webinar included a live job posting demonstration and a Question and Answer session.


    CGS Benchmarking and Consultation Services
    (March 2012)

    CGS staff provided details about CGS’ revamped Benchmarking and Consultation Services. Building on CGS’ deep best practice and benchmarking research, as well as the insights of experienced graduate deans, CGS’ Benchmarking and Consultation Services provided fee-based consultation and research to assist institutions in making strategic decisions about graduate education. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    The Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget and its Implications for Graduate Education Programs
    (March 2012)

    This webinar provided details about graduate education programs in the FY 2013 Federal Budget and strategies for supporting these programs going forward. CGS’s statement on the FY 2013 federal budget is available here. Click here to access the webinar recording.


    Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC)
    (January 2012)

    This webinar introduced the background and RFP for DIMAC, a Best Practice project funded by the National Science Foundation. Webinar participants were provided with a project overview and proposal details, and project staff responded to questions from participants. Click here for the webinar presentation.


    The Federal Budget Control Act of 2011:

    Implications for Graduate Education
    (September 2011)

    This webinar presented elements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the Debt Ceiling Deal), an overview of the process ahead, and what graduate deans should be prepared to do to support graduate education programs going forward. A statement CGS issued in response to passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 is available here.


    The Federal Budget for Fiscal years 2011 and 2012:

    What Does it Mean for Graduate Education?
    (March 2011)

    This webinar provided information on the federal budget situation for fiscal years FY11 and FY12, including specific proposals that impact graduate education. A statement CGS issued in response to the President’s FY 12 Budget Request is available here.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.