GradEdge | Spring 2022

Reflections on a Career of Service: Essay by the 2021 Recipient of the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education

By Karen Butler-Purry

Being named the 2021 recipient of the Debra R. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education is a special honor to me. Debra took me under her wing as I transitioned into my leadership role in graduate education at Texas A&M and in my early involvement with CGS. Debra’s mentorship has been invaluable to me, and her dedication to advancing graduate education has been something I have tried to emulate. Read More.

ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission to Completion

This program recognizes promising efforts in initiating or scaling up innovations in graduate education that occur from admission through successful completion of a degree program. It is designed to link innovative admissions practices with other institutional practices including, but not limited to, mentoring, support programs, intellectual enrichment, and social support, that will improve student success once students are enrolled in their graduate programs. This award program is especially geared toward encouraging innovations that promise to improve the success of a diverse and inclusive student population. Read more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the CGS Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute

Registration remains open for the 2022 CGS Summer Workshop and New Dean’s Institute, both to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN from July 9-13, 2022. The 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. Complementing the Workshop is the New Dean’s Institute, a program designed to orient new deans and lay the groundwork for the Workshop experience. Space is limited, so register soon. Click here to learn more about the 2022 Summer Workshop and New Dean’s Institute, including how to register. Read more.

New CGS Project to Explore Relationship Between Microcredentials and Master’s Degrees

This May, the Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced a new project on post-baccalaureate microcredentials and their relationship to the master’s degree. Microcredentials, certificates or badges that indicate satisfactory completion of a non-degree program, are one of the fastest growing sectors of the higher education market. Read more.

A Little-Known Tax Credit with
High Value to Employers and Graduate-Level Learners

By Stanley S. Litow






One of the most important differentiators for a company or organization is the skill and talent of its employees. While finding the right talent is extremely important, this can only be sustained over the long term via “upskilling,” or enhanced education to meet changing demands in the workplace. Demand for higher skill levels in the workplace continues to escalate, but the speed with which those demands have escalated is moving faster and faster. Read more.

Diversify your Graduate Programs with the National Name Exchange

In 2022, the Council of Graduate School assumed administration of the National Name Exchange, a program designed to support greater diversity in U.S. graduate programs. Founded in 1976, the National Name Exchange began as a consortium of fifty-five American universities that annually collected and exchanged the names of their talented but underrepresented students who were in their sophomore, junior, or senior years of college. The purpose of the Exchange is to ensure that participating universities continue to identify a pool of qualified students who could be recruited to the graduate programs at these institutions. Read more.

CGS Member Universities Launch Master’s Exit Survey

Twelve CGS member universities are collaborating with CGS to expand our understanding of how master’s education across all fields prepares the STEM workforce. A common survey will help participating universities to examine the extent to which skills, expertise, and competencies instilled through master’s education align with rapidly evolving jobs and industries of the future. Read more.

CGS Seeks Board Nominations

Now more than ever, graduate education needs strong leadership in the community. Nominations are being accepted for election to the CGS Board of Directors. Read more.

New CGS Deans & Titles

  • Michael Abazinge, Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Florida A&M University
  • Lisa Calvano, Dean of the Graduate School, West Chester University
  • Brian V. Carolan, Dean, School for Graduate Studies, SUNY Empire State College*
  • Mary Carrington, Interim Executive Director of Graduate Studies, Governors State University
  • Tim Crowley, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Central Missouri
  • Suzanne Curtin, Vice Provost and Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University*
  • Pero Dagbovie, Associate Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University
  • Jerald Dumas, Interim Graduate College Dean, Hampton University
  • Hillary Fouts, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Western Oregon University*
  • Sarah Gordon, Interim Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Arkansas Tech University
  • J. Patrick Hornbeck II, Advisor to the Provost for Strategic Planning, Fordham University
  • Jason Keller, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Chapman University
  • Juliet Langman, Dean, Graduate College, Kennesaw State University
  • Rebecca L. Lubas, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Central Washington University
  • Elizabeth Morgan, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Springfield College
  • Rodney Priestley, Dean of the Graduate School, Princeton University
  • Christine Raber, Interim Associate Provost, Shawnee State University*
  • Kerry Wilks, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President of International Affairs, Northern Illinois University

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