The Council of Graduate Schools provides benchmarking and consultation services to assist member and nonmember institutions, boards, and state agencies in making strategic decisions about the administration of graduate education. CGS’ benchmarking and consultation services draw upon its deep best practice and benchmarking research as well as the insights of experienced graduate deans from around the country.
CGS provides two types of services:
To help institutions gain expert recommendations about structure, staffing, operations, or programs, CGS arranges for a one-to-three person review team to develop detailed recommendations in response to a particular charge. The reviewers are experts in the consultation topic and have experience at peer institutions. Based upon background material provided by the client and interviews undertaken during the on-site visit, the findings and recommendations are delivered as a written report. For more information on strategic consultation, please contact Robert Augustine, senior vice president.
To help institutions compare aspects of graduate education on their campus to other institutions, CGS provides customized benchmarking data to inform strategic decision-making processes. Using in-house best practice and benchmarking data sources, as well as national surveys and comprehensive datasets, CGS provides the client with a written report that includes data tables, charts, etc., as appropriate, in response to a particular charge. For more information on strategic benchmarking, please contact Hironao Okahana, assistant vice president of research and policy analysis.
Prior benchmarking and consultation services have addressed such topics as:
|Member Rate (2017)||Non-Member Rate (2017)|
|Per consultant, including report||$1,250/day on site||$2,000/day on site|
|Travel/meals/accommodations||Actual expenses||Actual expenses|
|Data retrieval costs||Actual expenses||Actual expenses|