The Graduate Schools of UNCG and N.C. A&T, in partnership, have established the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program as a strong foundation for graduate student professional development and career preparation. The program is designed to provide valuable, transferable skills and knowledge that will prepare currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate students to be successful and dynamic leaders in their chosen disciplines and careers as they complete their degree.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Assessment
    • Student learning outcomes
    • Responsible conduct of research
    • Grant writing
    • Communication and presentation
    • Research development
    • Governance, risk and compliance
    • Project management and budget management
    • Entrepreneurship
    Services Offered
    • Electronic portfolio
    • Online modules on assessment
    • Workshops
    External Partners
    • Other universities and/or colleges
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Career services/career center
    • Teaching and learning center
    • University libraries
    • Office of research and economic development


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.