The transformative graduate education initiative provides graduate students with opportunities to acquire knowledge, leadership skills and professional development that complement disciplinary training with the aim of preparing graduates to become scientists, educators, scholars, engineers, artists, and career professionals in an ever-evolving global context. 

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Perform innovative research and scholarly inquiry
    • Work successfully in transdisciplinary settings
    • Use innovative technologies in research, scholarship, teaching, learning, and engagement
    • Apply scholarship to contemporary and global contexts
    • Assume roles and responsibilities as faculty and career professionals
    • Work successfully in diverse and global communities
    • Utilize critical thinking and problem-defining skills
    • Develop dynamic leadership skills
    • Utilize collaborative and team approach
    • Understand and adhere to ethical standards and professional practices
    Services Offered
    • Courses
    • Programs
    • Special Events
    • Certificates
    • Webinars
    • Workshops
    External Partners
    • No external partners identified.
    University Collaborations
    • Division of Network Learning Initiatives
    • Career services/career center
    • Writing program
    • University libraries
    • Division of Student Services
    • Human Resources


    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.