Insights and Research on Graduate Education
Volume 6, Number 1January 2017

Editor’s Note


CGS GradEdge has changed to a quarterly publication schedule. Issues will be published in January, April, July, and October. To submit contributions for consideration or story ideas, please contact Katherine Hazelrigg.


Now More Than Ever: An Argument for the Humanities


Suzanne Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools

No matter our place on the political spectrum, results of the 2016 presidential election clearly suggest that our national identity is frayed or fraying. Campaign rhetoric and, indeed, election results suggest a nation that is split, with little sense of shared purpose.


The Alignment Framework for the Master’s Degree


Robert Augustine, Senior Vice President, Council of Graduate Schools

In January of 2016, the Council of Graduate Schools reported that 18 deans from across the United States convened to launch the Project on the Master’s Degree. The committee initiated its study by posing questions about master’s degrees that remained unanswered even after several decades of research.


A Quick Look into the Latest Survey of Earned Doctorates Data


Hironao Okahana, Assistant Vice President, Research & Policy Analysis

It’s that time of year again! The NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) has released the latest Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) data tables. SED is the comprehensive source of information about newly-minted research doctorates since 1957, collecting the annual census of this population.


UAB’s Discoveries in the Making Program Highlights Cutting-Edge Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research to the Birmingham Community


Julie Clark McKinney, Communications & Events Specialist, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Graduate students are making groundbreaking, world-changing discoveries in the 90 city blocks that make up the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s campus. But venture outside those 90 blocks, and do greater Birmingham residents know about the important research being done in the heart of their city? Furthermore, would people without an extensive science background be able to understand it?


Credential Engine: Driving the New, Transparent Credentialing Ecosystem


Stephen Crawford, Research Professor & Co-P.I., Credential Transparency Initiative, George Washington University

The past decade has seen enormous growth in the number and variety of degrees, certificates, and other credentials students pursue to advance their careers and that job seekers present as evidence of their abilities. One result is increasing uncertainty about the quality and value of credentials and how they relate to one another.


CGS 2016 Annual Meeting Highlights


Heidi Shank, Senior Director of Meetings, Council of Graduate Schools

The 2016 Annual Meeting was held December 7-10 in Washington, DC and brought together nearly 700 attendees representing graduate education both in the US and abroad. Six dynamic and informative plenary sessions, 16 breakout sessions on current topics, and networking opportunities and other activities engaged attendees seeking information about current issues and future directions for graduate education.


Meet Our New Chair and Chair-Elect for 2017 CGS Board of Directors


Nancy H. Marcus (Current Chair) earned her B.A. from Goucher College in 1972 and her Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University in 1976 and became Dean of The Graduate School at Florida State University in 2005.

Dr. Karen Butler-Purry (Chair-Elect) is the associate provost for graduate and professional studies at Texas A&M University, a position she has occupied since 2010.


CGS New Members


Regular Members:


CGS New Deans and Titles

  • Abhijit Bhattacharyya is the Interim Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate School at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Kelly Burke is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Diana Cone is the Associate Provost at Georgia Southern University.
  • Hinrich Eylers is the Executive Dean, School of Advanced Studies and Center for Competency Based Education at the University of Phoenix - Sperling Center.

2017 Regional Affiliate Annual Meetings


Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

March 2-5, 2017
Loews Annapolis Hotel
Annapolis, Maryland

Western Association of Graduate Schools

March 19-22, 2017
Motif Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington