Insights and Research on Graduate Education
Volume 4, Number 6July 2015
Rethinking the Dissertation: An Opinion Piece

The stance of modern North American universities, and particularly public and land grant institutions, has been that universities have a primary mission to create knowledge and to disseminate it publicly. A part of the mission statement of the University of Nevada, Reno (2014-15), for example, typifies this position...

The Leadership Role of Graduate Schools in Preparing the STEM Workforce of the Future

It is now common knowledge that over 50% of those who earn doctorates in science and engineering (S&E) fields work in careers outside the academy. Such careers are often referred to as “alternative” careers for PhDs, but the numbers show that it is the academic job, not the career outside the academy, that is the “alternative” career path for the S&E PhD.

Data Sources: Academic Program Counts: A Closer Look at Arts & Humanities

The state of graduate enrollment management is constantly evolving, and sound decision-making should be informed, at least in part, by quality information. Data reported in aggregate can sometimes mask important differences between subunits, while more granular-level data may be too refined to operationalize in certain types of decision-making processes. Moreover, there are instances in which existing data, which can fill the gap between aggregate and granular-level information, simply need to be analyzed and reported.

CGS Board Nominations Sought

Nominations are being accepted for election to the CGS Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the Board, or if you would like to nominate a colleague...

New Members


University of Central Oklahoma (returning)

Wagner College


Did You Know?

Did you know that paleo-geneticists hope to sequence the complete genome from the 400,000-year-old Sima de Los Huesos human, found in a deep cave in northern Spain?


Writing a Successful ETS Award Proposal

In 2009, the Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service created a new award, Innovations in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: Admissions through Completion. This program recognizes promising innovations in graduate education that occur after the student enrolls in graduate school. It is designed to encourage institutions to create and implement programs that work with admission and early stage information to ensure success for students.