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New Deans Institute

The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin at 8:15 am and end at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 8. 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 can also attend. What if you attended previously and want to participate again? Return attendees 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.

NDI participants will also be assigned to cohort groups designed to promote discussion and networking among colleagues who have attended the meeting. Participants will be assigned to groups of 10 or 12 people prior to the NDI. Each group will be led by a CGS Board Member or seasoned dean and will meet twice during the onsite NDI and then continue to meet virtually over the next year to foster community and continue the discussion of current issues facing fellow colleagues in their new dean roles. Dates, times and virtual meeting access instructions will be provided by individual facilitators.


Summer Workshop

The main program of the Summer Workshop will begin on Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 pm and run through 1:30 pm on Tuesday followed by three technical workshops offered through 11:00 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
  • Preparing Graduate Students to Address Bias in Data Science
  • From Lab to Life: Communicating Science to the Public
  • Advancing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Agenda


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:

  • Nurturing and Engaging Prospective Graduate Students in Today’s Digital Society
  • Achieving Graduate Enrollment Goals Through Smart Program Design
  • Best Practices in International Recruitment: Low Cost/No Cost and Effective
  • Supporting Career Diversity in the Humanities


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:

  • To Stack or Not to Stack?: Examining the Relationship Between Microcredentials and the Master’s Degree
  • Innovations in Graduate Education: Creative Problem-Solving in STEM
  • Serving Local Communities through Master’s Education
  • Mentoring


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:

  • Demonstrating Return on Investment: The Case of US Department of Education “Low Financial Value” Programs
  • Managing from the Middle
  • Raising PhD Student Stipends
  • Navigating Academic Freedom in Challenging Political Environments
  • Continuing Education and Graduate Education: How Do They Allign?
  • Graduate Student Unionization


Technical Workshops

Workshops are designed to provide attendees with “nuts and bolts” strategies for dealing with pertinent issues facing the graduate education community.

Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Successful Fundraising and Development Strategies for Graduate Education
The prevailing wisdom is that alumni are more likely to provide financial support for their undergraduate institutions or programs and that internal competition for donor support hinders collaboration across university units. This technical workshop will explore strategies for securing philanthropic support for graduate education with a focus on cooperation within the university and understanding donor motivations. Deans will also share best practices on how to implement targeted fundraising for the graduate school.

Understanding the 2023 SCOTUS Decision
The latest SCOTUS decision regarding admissions and race is anticipated this June. Universities will need to move quickly to understand the implications of the decision. This session will focus on strategies that universities can use to advance their missions and commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion while complying with the law.

Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00 am

Current and Future Impact of Chat GPT on Graduate Education
The launch of ChatGPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) in November 2022 by OpenAI has raised concerns of cheating, bias and misinformation. Yet, there are other educators who are embracing the AI bot to transform higher education. This interactive workshop will highlight the current and future impact of ChatGPT on graduate education and provide opportunities to engage with ChatGPT to facilitate discussions and recommendations for your graduate program.