Insights and Research on Graduate Education
Volume 4, Number 7August-September 2015
A Guide to the New Academic Year and Beyond: Critical Issues in Graduate Education

One of the most vexing problems that a graduate dean faces is finding the time to think and plan strategically amidst the crush of time-sensitive demands and brushfires. In the spirit of striving for this kind of balance, as a new academic year opens and I begin a second year as CGS president, I write this essay as a condensed guide to the short and long-term issues on the graduate horizon.

Team-based Learning for the Responsible Conduct of Research Supports Ethical Decision Making

There is a broad recognition that graduate students and postdoctoral fellows need a number of professional development activities to prepare them to be leaders in their disciplines. Often included among these leadership activities is training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), both in the STEM disciplines as well as in the social sciences and humanities. For trainees in these disciplines, both NIH and NSF have established guidelines for training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in ethical research practices.

Data Sources: Trends in Engineering Reveal an Influx of International Students

When examined in aggregate, it is easy to understand why data regarding graduate enrollment and degrees in the broad field of engineering should be of interest. For one, it is a large field of study. With over 150,000 graduate students enrolled in Fall 2014, the field of engineering was the largest field of study in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and the fourth largest field of study overall, according to the 2014 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees.

Edelma Huntley Named CGS Dean in Residence for 2015/2016

CGS is pleased to announce that Edelma Huntley joined CGS on August 1 and will work with the organization through July 2016. Dr. Huntley served as Dean of the Graduate School and Chief Research Officer at Appalachian State University from 2006 to 2014. Edelma brings to the post significant experience leading graduate education, including serving as President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) from 2012 to 2014, and serving two terms on the CGS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

CGS New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop a Great Success!

The 2015 New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop in Québec, Canada proved to be another highly successful meeting. The 250 registrants attended three plenary sessions, four Dean Dialogues and twelve Hot Topic sessions covering topics ranging from graduate education and the changing legal landscape, accountability and assessment, holistic review in graduate admissions, and advocacy. The opening dinner and reception and several networking lunches provided attendees the opportunity for much discussion and interaction.

New Members


California University of Pennsylvania (returning)

CGS Welcomes New Senior Vice President

Robert M. (Bob) Augustine joined CGS on August 1 to begin a two-year term as the Council’s Senior Vice President.

New Deans and Titles

Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko is the Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He replaces Sarah Lubienski.

Kavita Dhanwada is the Interim Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Northern Iowa. She replaces April Chatham-Carpenter.

Brian Goldstein is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University. He replaces Margaret M. McManus.

Did You Know?

Did you know that S. Donald Stookey, the inventor of CorningWare, received two job offers after finishing his doctorate?

Join us for upcoming CGS webinars

Understanding Graduate Student Debt Data
Making the Most of Your Benefits: An Overview of Tools on the CGS Website

Join us for the CGS 55th Annual Meeting

December 2-5, 2015, Seattle, Washington. Guest speakers include: William "Bro" Adams, Elizabeth Garrett, and Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw.