Pre-Meeting Workshops


    Wednesday, December 1


    CGS offers a schedule of four 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 afternoon coffee.


    Mentoring to Support Diverse Students and Careers
    A student-centered approach to mentoring recognizes a student’s unique experiences: the mentor is prepared to recognize the identities students brings to graduate school, to understand the challenges and needs they encounter in navigating the degree, and to support diverse career goals. This session will provide strategies for engaging the student as a co-collaborator in the mentoring process and provide data and insights from mature mentoring models.


    How to Communicate the Value of Graduate Education to Lawmakers
    This professional development session will consist of two-parts: (1) Communicating the Value of Graduate Education to Lawmakers; and (2) Maximizing Your Advocacy Impact. During this session, meeting attendees will hear from their fellow graduate deans about how they successfully communicate the value of graduate education to lawmakers. Meeting attendees will also learn to hone their advocacy skills by sharpening their “asks” of lawmakers, how to prepare for meetings, and learning what messages about graduate education resonate with lawmakers.


    Improving Marketing and Recruitment Strategies for Master’s Programs
    The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated changes in master’s program marketing and recruitment. Whereas in-person college fairs were the dominant modality for recruitment pre-pandemic, online recruitment strategies through virtual fairs, direct email marketing, and social media have come to predominate. This workshop will explore cost-conscious strategies for marketing and recruiting students to master’s programs. It will pay particular attention to marketing new master’s programs, strategies to recruit historically underrepresented graduate students, and when to use external consulting services.


    Data and Evidence Inspired Approaches to Graduate Student Well-being
    The CGS Statement of Principles and Commitments of Graduate Deans calls for graduate deans to, among other actions, develop and use evidence-based strategies that are designed to improve graduate student mental health and well-being. The session will offer a practical guide for graduate schools to: 1) gather relevant insights; and 2) engage subject matter experts in developing and assessing outcomes of campus programming, policies, 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.