Research and Information Services Committee

    Research and Information Services Committee charter


    Current committee members


    Karen J. Colley (2018)
    Dean of the Graduate College
    University of Illinois at Chicago


    Joan Ficke (2017)
    Dean of the Graduate School
    Montclair State University


    Karlene Hoo (2018)
    Dean of the Graduate School
    Montana State University


    William Karpus (2017)
    Dean of the Graduate School
    University of Wisconsin-Madison


    Xiao-Li Meng (2017)
    Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Harvard University


    Sanjiv Sarin (2017)
    Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Programs & Extended Learning and Dean of the Graduate School
    North Carolina A&T State University



    Hironao Okahana


    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.