Pre-Meeting Workshops


    Wednesday, December 5, 2018


    CGS offers a full schedule of interactive, cutting-edge workshops that provide participants with helpful strategies, information sharing opportunities, and resources to bring back to their campuses. All workshops are half-day sessions with a fee of $75 per session. The pre-meeting workshop registration fee includes workshop materials and morning coffee. Lunch will be on your own.



    Morning Sessions - 9:00-11:30 am


    Legal Issues
    Legal decisions at all levels are shaping the evolution of the American higher education enterprise. Graduate education is no exception. Join our speakers as they provide an overview of selected legal issues currently affecting graduate schools and share some practical methods on engaging legal counsel on matters facing graduate deans.


    Master's Level Enrollment Management
    The competition for master’s students is intense and the factors that influence their decisions to enroll are complex. One essential factor is understanding student and employer demand. Presenters will outline strategies for assessing demand and maximizing the value of customer relations managements (CRM) systems and achieving desired overall enrollment, yield, diversity and degree completion goals.


    Basics of Data Visualization and Analysis
    The session will focus on how graduate school deans can use data visualization and analysis effectively to improve graduate education. Attendees will be exposed to visualization tools for program reviews and data reporting, and will learn about data analysis technologies that can assist in outreach and decision making.


    Supporting First-Generation and Underrepresented Students
    Once admitted to a program, first-generation and underrepresented minority (URM) students can encounter obstacles to successful degree completion: financial circumstances, family obligations, overt and unconscious bias, and frustration with implicit or unclear academic expectations. This workshop will feature several models for supporting URM student success.


    PhD Professional Development for Diverse Careers
    In PhD programs, students develop valuable expertise in disciplinary methods and complex analysis, yet many feel unprepared regarding their career options. Join this workshop to learn about cutting-edge programs and to identify strategies for ensuring all PhD students can confidently navigate the various careers they choose to pursue.


    Individual Development Plans: Roadmaps for Student Success
    Increasingly used across all disciplines, Individual Development Plans (IDP’s) are tools that allow graduate students to take responsibility for their professional development by identifying goals and plans for reaching them. This session will present approaches for integrating IDP’s in the advising and mentoring process, particularly for doctoral students, highlighting models that are relevant to STEM, social sciences and the humanities.



    Afternoon Sessions: 2:00-4:30 pm


    Master’s Education in a Changing International Landscape
    There is a high demand for master’s degrees among international students. However, current US policies may have a chilling effect on enrollments. Presenters will provide examples of high-impact practices that graduate schools are using to recruit, enroll, and increase access to master’s programs that attract international talent.


    Mission-Driven Admissions: A Holistic Perspective
    Do your programs’ admissions practices align with their stated goals? This workshop will focus on strategies for encouraging mission-driven admissions practices. Topics will include holistic review of master’s and doctoral applications, supporting access to graduate education, and connecting admissions with other aspects of academic programs.


    Supporting Innovation in Dissertations and Theses
    A comic book, a video, a website, a rap anthem: although not instantly recognizable as theses and dissertations, graduate students are using these formats to communicate their ideas and analyses. Is your institution ready to accept innovative research products? This workshop will cover policies that encourage innovative formats and present ideas for reimagining dissertations and theses as opportunities for professional development.


    Using Student and Alumni Successes to Tell Your Graduate School’s Story
    Compelling, memorable student and alumni success stories help graduate schools “make the case” for graduate education with internal and external constituents. But how do you identify and shape stories with impact? Learn strategies for developing effective stories and integrating them into a range of communication channels, such as social media, web and print outlets, or in conversations with key stakeholders on and off campus.


    Review of Graduate Programs: Master’s and Doctoral
    Assessing the quality of master’s and doctoral programs is essential for effective decision making. The presenters will provide strategies for meaningful and manageable program review. Participants will discuss outcomes-based assessment practices, the integration of these practices with program review, and strategies to foster faculty engagement. Presenters will conclude with perspectives on how to incorporate feedback from external reviewers and accreditation requirements into program reviews.


    Promoting Graduate Student Mental Health
    Good mental health is critical to the success of master’s and doctoral students. The presenters will share approaches to providing training and resources to those who mentor and support graduate students on campus. Participants will learn strategies that better connect students with appropriate support and 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 voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    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.