Insights and Research on Graduate Education
Volume 7, Number 1January 2018

Graduate Education in 2018: Working Together to Demonstrate Impact


Suzanne Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools

As I reflect on this past December’s Annual Meeting, an image sticks in my mind: a group of talented, diverse graduate students coming together to share the impacts of their research. The students, winners of the regional 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competitions, showed us graduate education at its best...


The Master’s Degree Admissions Study: Your Opportunity to Shape the Future of Master’s Education


Robert Augustine, Senior Vice President, Council of Graduate Schools

The need for fundamental research on practices associated with the master’s degree is long overdue: CGS enrollment and degree data consistently document the growing demand for master’s education.


Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future


Katherine Hazelrigg, Assistant Director of Communications, Council of Graduate Schools

In 2006, CGS and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) marked the twentieth anniversary of the CGS/GRE Enrollment and Degrees Survey launch with the Graduate Education 2020 project, a program supporting an important international conversation on the future of graduate education...


The Advocate Dean


Nancy Marcus, Dean Emeritus, The Graduate School, Florida State University

A major responsibility of the Graduate Dean is to champion the importance of graduate education to the mission of the university. This is the case, regardless of how your institution organizes and administers graduate education...


Your Graduate Student Applicants Are Talking about the April 15 Resolution


Jeffrey A. Engler, Vice President, Special Projects, Council of Graduate Schools &
Brian Mitchell, CGS Dean-in-Residence 2015-16

You don’t think your prospective graduate students talk about the April 15 Resolution? Here’s an actual exchange from Reddit (find the full post here)...


CGS Seeks Applications for 2018-19 Dean-in-Residence


The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) established its Dean-in-Residence (DIR) Program in 1983. The program offers an opportunity for graduate deans, associate or assistant deans to spend an academic year at the Council’s Washington, D.C. office. Each year one dean is selected from CGS member institutions to participate in the program to work with CGS staff and to engage in the on-going work of the Council...


2017 CGS Annual Meeting Award Winners


CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Biological and Life Sciences
CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts


CGS New Members

  • Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) – returning member
  • Nazareth College (New York)

CGS New Deans & Titles

  • Chad Brooks, Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Austin Peay State University*
  • Lisa Durant-Jones, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Initiatives, Nazareth College*

2018 Regional Affiliate Meetings


Conference of Southern Graduate Schools 2018 Annual Meeting
Western Association of Graduate Schools 2018 Annual Meeting
Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 2018 Annual Meeting
Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools 2018 Annual Meeting