Preparing Future Faculty

    The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. CGS first supported the development of graduate students aspiring to faculty careers through its involvement in promoting the diffusion of Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) programs (1993-2003).  PFF and other similar programs now provide doctoral students, as well as some master’s and postdoctoral students, with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty.


    As faculty roles and responsibilities evolve, CGS continues to work with universities to expand and enhance programs to prepare graduate students for faculty careers.


    Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning

    This project focuses on the development of model approaches to prepare graduate students to assess undergraduate learning.


    Prior Preparing Future Faculty Projects

    From 1993-2003, CGS collaborated with universities, disciplinary societies, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to develop and foster programs to prepare graduate students for the full variety of faculty roles and responsibilities.


    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.