Pre-Meeting Workshops
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017


    CGS offers a full schedule of interactive, cutting edge workshops that provide participants with helpful strategies, information sharing opportunities, and resources to bring back to their campuses. All workshops are half-day sessions with a fee of $75 per session. The pre-meeting workshop registration fee includes workshop materials and morning coffee. Lunch will be on your own. For more details, refer to the workshop descriptions inside this registration packet.



    Morning Sessions


    Tracking and Supporting Student Progress
    9:00-11:30 am
    How are graduate schools gathering and using data to help students achieve successful outcomes? This workshop will provide a hands-on experience with approaches and technological solutions for tracking the academic progress of graduate students. Workshop participants will also learn how graduate schools share data with departments and graduate programs to inform their efforts to support student progress.


    Master's Level Enrollment Management
    9:00-11:30 am
    The competition for master’s students and the factors that influence their decisions to enroll are complex. One essential factor is understanding student and employer demands. Presenters will outline strategies for assessing demand and maximizing the value of customer relations management (CRM) systems as a data-driven resource for communicating with prospective students to achieve desired overall enrollment, yield, diversity, and degree completion goals.


    Creating International Opportunities for U.S. Graduate Students
    9:00-11:30 am
    In order to prepare U.S. graduate students to succeed in a globalized world, we must create opportunities for them to acquire meaningful international experience during their program of study. This workshop will focus on strategies for developing, financing, and administering initiatives and programs that offer graduate students an international research experience.


    Attracting and Supporting International Students
    9:00-11:30 am

    Current and prospective international graduate students and scholars, as well as their families abroad, face uncertainty with respect to U.S. visa policies. This workshop will offer examples of what graduate schools can do to continue attracting international talent. Participants will also learn ways to support and provide resources for students and scholars who are already in the U.S.


    Holistic Review
    9:00-11:30 am

    Holistic review of graduate admissions offers strategies for broadening criteria to recruit a more diverse pool of candidates by allowing for the consideration of qualities such as resilience and creativity. Institutions currently engaged in holistic review will share strategies for assessing current admissions practices, launching a holistic review effort, and ensuring that admissions practices are mission-driven.

    9:00-11:30 am
    Improvements in support for postdoctoral fellows have been made over the past decade. However, there continues to be significant room for improvement, as noted in the recent National Academies report, “The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited.” In this pre-meeting workshop, learn how several universities are addressing issues such as better pay and benefits, improved mentoring, and career tracking for postdoctoral fellows, including the strategies used to implement these changes.



    Afternoon Sessions


    Legal Issues
    2:00-4:30 pm

    The evolution of the American higher education enterprise is being shaped by legal decisions at all levels, and graduate education is no exception. Join our speakers as they provide an overview of selected legal issues currently affecting graduate schools and share some practical methods on engaging legal counsel on matters facing graduate deans. There will be time reserved for Q&A with participants.


    Empowering First-Generation and Underrepresented Students to Navigate Graduate School
    2:00-4:30 pm

    Once admitted to a program, first-generation and underrepresented minority (URM) students often encounter obstacles to successful degree completion: financial circumstances, family obligations, overt and unconscious bias, and frustration with “implicit” or unclear academic expectations. This pre-meeting workshop will feature several models for providing URM students with a road map through graduate school that can mitigate the effects of these common challenges.


    Review of Graduate Programs: Master’s and Doctoral
    2:00-4:30 pm

    Assessing the quality of master’s and doctoral programs is essential for effective decision making. The presenters will provide strategies for meaningful and manageable program review. Participants will discuss utcomes-based assessment practices, the integration of these practices with program review, and strategies to foster faculty engagement. Presenters will conclude with perspectives on how to incorporate feedback from external reviewers and accreditation requirements into program reviews.


    Competency-Based Education: What Master’s Programs Need to Know
    2:00-4:30 pm

    The Competency-Based Education (CBE) model documents competencies rather than credit hours and focuses on learning rather than teaching. The verification of student learning replaces the tradition of “seat-time” as the standard for earning a degree. The approach continues to influence higher education and has important implications for master’s education. Presenters will offer hands-on guidance about this approach as it gains the support of employers and students alike.


    Using Student and Alumni Successes to Tell Your Graduate School’s Story
    2:00-4:30 pm

    Compelling, memorable student and alumni success stories help graduate schools “make the case” for graduate education with internal and external constituents. But how do you identify and shape stories with impact? Learn strategies for developing effective stories and integrating them into a range of communication channels, such as social media, web and print outlets, or in conversations with key stakeholders.


    Internships, Practicums, and Other Models of Immersive Professional Development
    2:00-4:30 pm

    Many graduate students in research degree programs consider careers outside academic teaching and research. Immersive, hands-on experiences for these students can be rewarding but also challenging to structure. Presenters at this session will share examples and strategies for addressing issues that commonly arise in developing and sustaining these activities.




    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.