Program Details

    CGS Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute Final Program


    The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin at 8:15 am and end at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 7. 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 in addition to incorporating past discussions, we 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 8 at 1:00 pm and run through 1:45 pm on Tuesday. Three technical workshops will be offered through 11:30 am 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

    • Whose Speech is Free?: Diversity, Inclusion and the Politics of Expediency
    • Supporting Graduate Student Health and Wellness
    • Messaging and Connecting through the New Media


    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 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:



    • The Balancing Act: Program Quality, Enrollment Targets and Budget Pressure
    • Graduate Career Pathways: Implementing and Sustaining Campus Efforts



    • Positioning Graduate Education Leaders as Change Agents
    • Supporting International Student Enrollment


    Dean's Toolbox
    CGS’s “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:


    • Linking Financial Support to Student Outcomes
    • Flipping the Orientation
    • Engaging Departments in Research Ethics Training
    • Using Data to Improve Graduate Student Life


    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:

    • Raising the Profile of Graduate Education on Your Campus
    • Micro-credentials
    • Evidence-based Practices for Delivering Graduate Education
    • Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) and Graduate Schools
    • Promoting Diversity through University Partnerships
    • "Breaking News” (reserved for a policy issue hot topic)


    Technical Workshops
    This year we are offering three technical workshops:


    Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    Developing the Graduate Education Message. This workshop will provide tools and strategies for graduate deans to develop messages for various audiences. A simple but highly effective and widely practiced “message box” and triangle technique will be introduced. The technique will be supported by video clips of prominent individuals using—and not using—the box in both routine and crisis situations.


    CGS Initiatives: Past, Present, and Future. CGS strives to serve its members by building an evidence-base that informs practice, strategy, and decision-making. In this technical workshop, CGS staff will provide an overview of current and recent projects (e.g. career pathways, master’s admissions, completion, professional development). After that, CGS staff will ask participants to respond to focused questions about the kinds of resources that would best support and advance their work.


    Wednesday 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Graduate Admissions: Emerging Approaches. A graduate program's admissions process sets the tone for achieving program outcomes and supporting student success. What experience or attributes are valued? What perspectives are welcomed? This workshop will present innovative approaches for aligning master’s and doctoral admissions criteria with program goals using evidence-based methods. Examples will include holistic application review and other methods to increase graduate student diversity.


    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.