CGS Sends Letter to Congress on Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

On April 15, CGS President Suzanne Ortega sent a letter to Members of the 117th Congress  to encourage them to make the mental health and well-being of graduate students and their families a high priority when developing mental health legislation. Congress must make the education and training of mental health professionals a priority through the introduction and passage of relevant legislation. Read more. 

Student Loan Updates Take Center Stage at Department of Education and Congress

The Department of Education announced steps this week that will bring borrowers closer to public service loan and income-driven repayment (IDR) forgiveness by addressing failures in administering the student loan programs. Read more.

Application Package for Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI)

The Department of Education released a federal register notice this week regarding the application package for strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions. The Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) Program provides grants to assist institutions in establishing and strengthening their physical plants, development offices, endowment funds, academic resources, and student services so that they may continue to participate in fulfilling the goal of equal opportunity in graduate education. Read more.

National Academies Resources on Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education released a new report on university policies to address sexual harassment.  Read more.

SEVP Extends Online Learning Options for International Students

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement has extended guidance for international students in the COVID-era. Through the 2022-2023 academic year, international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities can take more online courses than previously allowed. Read more.

CGS Produces Policy Brief on Importance of Research and Graduate Education

This week, CGS posted a policy brief on Advancing American Research and Innovation. CGS views robust federal funding for scientific research as a national imperative. Read more.

Department of Education American Rescue Plan Summit

This week the Department of Education announced an upcoming summit focused on the ways President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is helping students, educators, families, and schools recover from the pandemic and reemerge stronger. Read more.