Insights and Research on Graduate Education
Volume 6, Number 4October 2017

Preparing Graduate Students for Future Challenges in Scholarly Integrity


Jeffrey A. Engler, Vice President, Special Projects, Council of Graduate Schools

At the CGS Summer Workshop in Denver this past summer, Dr. Adam Briggle from the University of North Texas gave a plenary talk: “In Dialogue with Our Publics: Research and Scholarship in 2017.”  One of his questions particularly resonated with me: “How do we put ethical considerations at the forefront of STEM training?”


Helping Graduate Students Understand the Postdoctoral Experience


Julie Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAP, Executive Director, The National Postdoctoral Association

As doctoral candidates near the end of their time as graduate students, many begin considering completing a postdoctoral appointment.  This is a time of great importance as the choices they make will affect the path of their careers.  The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has recognized this need and believes that the NPA can fulfill a unique role in assisting graduate students and those who guide this process.


2017 CGS 57th Annual Meeting


December 6 – 9, 2017

Westin Kierland Resort | Scottsdale, AZ

Visit the CGS website for more information, including registration details, a preliminary program, featured speakers, and accommodations and travel logistics.


Four out of Five: A Closer Look into Master’s Degrees


Hironao Okahana, Assistant Vice President, Research & Policy Analysis, CGS
Enyu Zhou, Education Research Analyst, CGS

A large majority of graduate students in the United States pursue master’s degrees. According to the most recent CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees (GE&D), more than twice as many applications for admission were submitted to master’s programs than doctoral programs, and four out of five first-time graduate students enrolled in Fall 2016 were enrolled in programs leading to a master’s degree or a graduate certificate.


The Advocate Dean


John Keller, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Associate Provost, Graduate and Professional Education; and Dean of the Graduate College, University of Iowa

In almost 20 years in graduate education, I have come to learn there are a myriad of opportunities to promote and showcase the contributions of graduate students and programs at our universities. My original venture into advocacy for graduate education was with federal and state legislative officials.


Election for the 2018-2020 CGS Board of Directors


The CGS Nominating Committee recently emailed the electronic ballot for the CGS Board of Directors election; this was sent to the primary contact for each of the Council’s Regular Members. We encourage you to take a few moments to complete before the November 1st deadline.

The CGS Nominating Committee:

M.J.T. Smith (Committee Chair), Karen DePauw, Steve Matson (Board Representative), Lisa Tedesco, and James Wimbush


New CGS Deans & Titles


New Deans at CGS member institutions include:


CGS New Members

  • School of Visual Arts (New York)
  • Widener University (Pennsylvania) returning member