Pre-Meeting Workshops
    Wednesday, December 4, 2019


    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


    Culturally Aware Mentoring: Optimizing Mentoring Relationships
    Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM) boosts the success of researchers from diverse backgrounds by recognizing the impact that different values and backgrounds play on the mentoring relationship. Participants will learn how CAM programs can be used on their own campus to develop productive and culturally responsive research mentoring relationships that benefit both the mentor and the mentee.


    Recruitment Strategies for the “Heartland”
    Universities located between the densely populated U.S. coasts often encounter special recruitment challenges. These may include a lack of name recognition, less diversity, a lack of programs that match high-demand student interests, and stereotypes about particular U.S. regions. Learn how institutions in the “heartland” and beyond can promote their strengths and expand their programs using creative enrollment management strategies.


    Innovations in Master’s Education
    Master’s programs are often able to attract a diverse cohort of students because they can respond flexibly to changing workforce demands. Smaller regional and larger research universities alike, are responding by creating master’s degrees that are more online, modular, accessible and affordable. Join this workshop to learn about innovative master’s programs that are setting the pace for mission-focused excellence and debunking old notions about master’s education as a consolation prize.


    Governance and Organization: Building Relationships and Synergies for Any Organizational Structure
    Graduate education can be supported by a wide variety of organizational structures. Knowing how to lead effectively requires understanding the limitations and opportunities of your university’s model and by focusing on strategic goals. In this session, learn how to take advantage of the strength of your own institutional model to support student success. Examples may include competitive funding models, professional development programs, and supporting student careers.


    Supporting Returning Students
    No longer considered “non-traditional” at many institutions, workers returning to graduate education have become a significant community of graduate students. Yet returning students have varied needs and may require different types of support and resources. This session will introduce you to new strategies for supporting key groups of returning students, including veterans, underrepresented minorities, online students, and students who belong to multiple groups.


    Responding to Sexual Harassment and Bullying
    Graduate deans need to know how to effectively respond to reports of sexual harassment, bullying, and other behaviors that threaten graduate students. Speakers will identify the administrative responsibilities associated with reports of harassment and bullying and review the courses of action based on legal requirements and other factors. Using case studies, speakers will share lessons learned based on their response to these threats from recent claims.



    Afternoon Sessions: 2:00-4:30 pm


    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 review processes using program outcomes for continuous improvement. Presenters will conclude with perspectives on how to incorporate feedback from external reviewers and accreditation requirements into program reviews.


    Monitoring and Managing Graduate Student Debt
    Whether incurred to pay for educational expenses or to meet financial responsibilities while enrolled, debt impacts the well-being of students, alumni, and families. In this session, graduate deans will explain how debt is impacting students on their campuses and describe programs that help students make informed decisions about borrowing and other financial choices.


    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.


    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.


    Using Videos to Tell the Stories of Graduate Education
    To get the attention of prospective graduate students and other key audiences, many universities have made video a part of their digital communication strategy. This session will provide new ideas for using videos to convey memorable messages about graduate education on your campus. Special attention will be given to practical issues, such as using campus resources for producing videos and choosing video-sharing platforms.


    Recruiting & Supporting Undocumented Graduate Students: Creating Your Institutional Toolkit
    Serving the population of undocumented students in graduate and professional schools is a growing area of need. However, information and resources focused on issues, trends, and promising practices for recruiting, admitting, and supporting them are not readily available. Experienced deans and experts will offer much needed insights and guidance on how to navigate the complex challenges impacting undocumented students.





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