Public Policy Resources

    General Advocacy Tools
    Materials members can customize for advocacy strategies.


    Issue Briefs
    More information regarding CGS positions on public policy issues relevant to graduate education and research.


    State Snapshots: Select Data on Graduate Education
    Fact sheets with state-specific data that can be used to talk with policymakers and constituents about the scope and impact of graduate education in each state.


    Making the Case For...
    These are CGS resource materials that are used in meetings with policy makers. The information can be used to develop talking points that include specific campus-based examples for stakeholder meetings.


    Presentation Slides on Graduate Education Statistics (login required)

    Slides that contain information on graduate education prepared for use in presentations to a wide variety of audiences.


    Advocacy Resources Webinar (May 17, 2016) (login required)

    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.


    External Advocacy Resources of Interest


    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.