Policy Papers, Reports and Resolutions

    Steps Taken on the Path Forward (PDF)
    2011, Policy Paper
    This paper reviews the impact of The Path Forward report one year later and outlines issues and challenges confronting graduate education now and into the future.


    The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States (PDF)
    2010, Policy Paper
    This landmark report was released by the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, a joint initiative between CGS and Educational Testing Service.


    Broadening Participation in Graduate Education
    2009, Policy Paper
    This report addresses the need to strengthen and expand diversity and inclusiveness in graduate education.


    Graduate Education and the Public Good
    2008, Policy Paper
    This report demonstrates the value of graduate education to the U.S. economy and quality of life by showcasing graduates who have made significant contributions to our nation.


    Graduate Education: The Backbone of American Competitiveness and Innovation
    2007, Policy Paper
    This report calls for a renewed commitment to American graduate education, recognizing its critical role in enhancing economic competitiveness and innovation.  A press release (PDF) and hard copies in the CGS Online Store are available.



    Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants (PDF)
    Resolution renewed 10/2019
    In 2019, the Council of Graduate Schools reaffirmed their support of what is known as the “April 15th Resolution.”


    Resolution on Building an Inclusive Graduate Community (PDF)
    Resolution last updated and reaffirmed 3/24/09
    In 2009, the Council of Graduate Schools reaffirmed its belief that seeking students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education and encouraging these individuals to pursue advanced degrees serves the best interests of higher education and the nation at large.



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