Program Details

    CGS Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute Final Program


    The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin on Saturday, July 8 at 8:15 am and end at 5:00 pm that day. The day will conclude with Dine Arounds at 7:00 pm. The Institute is tailored to those who have been in their graduate dean role for two years or less. Other members of the graduate education community are welcome to attend. What if you attended last year and want to attend again? Return participants are welcome. The Institute format may be familiar, but will incorporate past discussions and aim to provide all participants with a fulfilling experience. Register early!!! Space is limited!!!


    The main program of the Summer Workshop will begin on Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 pm and run through 1:45 pm on Tuesday, with three technical workshops being offered through noon on Wednesday. Our Summer Workshop program includes informative plenary sessions and many opportunities for networking and interactive discussions on the issues most pressing to the graduate education community.


    Plenary Sessions

    • Ensuring Access to Graduate Education in Times of Change
    • Breaking the Code: Understanding the New Role of the States
    • In Dialogue with Our Publics: Research and Scholarship in 2017


    Dean Dialogues
    Dean Dialogues are unique opportunities for meeting participants to learn more about graduate education issues in a distinctive, interactive format. These 90 minute sessions begin with a 20 minute presentation, followed by an opportunity for participants to break up into small groups for more in-depth discussions about the topic, and conclude with presentations from the small groups summarizing their discussions. Dean Dialogues will occur on Sunday and Monday afternoons with two different Dialogues running concurrently.
    This year, the Dean Dialogue topics are:



    • Campus Climate: Strategies for Change
    • Fostering Diverse PhD Careers in the Humanities



    • Optimizing Funding Packages for Doctoral Student Success
    • Accelerated Master's Degrees: Strengths and Challenges


    Dean's Toolbox
    CGS’s new "toolbox" sessions are one-hour workshops designed to give you specific information and/or resources that you can use immediately. Led by deans with expertise on the topic, they will focus on at least three key concepts, lessons, or skills. Four different "toolbox" sessions will run concurrently.


    This year's topics are:

    • Strategies for Improving Diversity in the STEM Professoriate
    • Social Media for Beginners
    • Basics of Data Visualization
    • Using Consultations to Improve Graduate Education


    Hot Topics
    These sessions are designed to provide a small, interactive setting for members of the graduate education community to discuss pressing issues. "Hot Topics" facilitators are CGS board members, staff, and others knowledgeable in these topic areas. This year’s topics include:

    • Learning Outcomes for Doctoral Education
    • National Academies Project on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century
    • Tips from ETS/CGS Award Reviewers and Winners
    • Supporting Part-time Master's Students
    • Undocumented Students
    • Providing International Experiences for Graduate Students


    Technical Workshops
    This year we are offering three technical workshops:


    Tuesday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    Building a Robust Culture of Research Mentor and Mentee Training on your Campus. Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced self-efficacy, persistence, productivity, and career satisfaction. Positive mentorship is often cited as the most important factor in degree attainment, publishing research, and serving as role models for others. In this session, participants will learn about evidence-based programs for improving mentoring relationships and will develop concrete action plans for their campuses to leverage these resources.


    From First Touch to Last: Using Technology to Support Student Success. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems allow universities to develop customized approaches to recruiting, advising, and communicating with graduate students. They also raise important questions such as: Should a graduate school develop its own system or purchase an existing product? What are effective strategies for implementation? and how can CRM’s be used to their full potential? This session will provide practical advice based on a variety of models.


    Wednesday, 9:00 am – noon
    Advanced Social Media Strategies. In our media rich environment, effective communication depends on using strategies appropriate to different stakeholder groups and their medium of choice. attendees will learn how to develop a social media communication plan that includes 1) selection of the pertinent social media platforms; 2) ability to connect across platforms; 3) determination of the audiences; 4) content that needs to be communicated; and 5) assessment and review of impact.





    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.