Program Details

    CGS Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute Program


    Register Early! Space Is Limited!!


    The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin at 8:15 am and end at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 13. The day will conclude with Dine Arounds at 7:00 pm. The Institute is tailored to those who have been in their graduate dean role for two years or less. Other members of the graduate education community can also attend. What if you attended last year and want to participate again? Return attendees are welcome. The Institute format may be familiar, but in addition to incorporating past discussions, we aim to provide all participants with a fulfilling experience.


    The main program of the Summer Workshop will begin on Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 pm and run through 1:30 pm on Tuesday followed by three technical workshops offered through 11:00 am on Wednesday. Our Summer Workshop program includes informative plenary sessions and many opportunities for networking and interactive discussions on the issues most pressing to the graduate education community.


    New this year: Flash Talks

    In this session, deans or their staff will have five minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. Scheduled for Sunday, July 14 before the opening reception, the session format is designed to foster conversation and idea-exchange early in the Summer Workshop program and provide participants opportunities to highlight a successful campus initiative or offer an innovative approach to solving a challenge.


    Registered attendees are invited to submit mini-presentation ideas in advance of the meeting here. All slots are currently filled for this year’s meeting.


    Plenary Sessions

    • Survey Says: Undergraduates and the Prospect of Graduate School
    • Humanities for the 21st Century: Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    • Toward a Culture of Access: Lessons From the Neurodiversity Movement


    Dean's Toolbox
    CGS’s “toolbox” sessions are one-hour workshops designed to give you specific information and/or resources that you can use immediately. Led by deans with expertise on the topic, they will focus on at least three key concepts, lessons, or skills. Four different “toolbox” sessions will run concurrently.

    This year's topics are:

    • Identifying and Supporting Graduate Program Directors
    • Cultivating the Alumni Base: Friendraising to Fundraising
    • How to Maximize a 3MT
    • Using Career Pathways Data to Change Program Culture


    Dean Dialogues

    Dean Dialogues are unique opportunities for meeting participants to learn more about graduate education issues in a distinctive, interactive format. These 90-minute sessions begin with a 20-minute presentation, followed by an opportunity for participants to break into small groups for more in-depth discussions about the topic, and conclude with presentations from the small groups summarizing their discussions. Dean Dialogues will occur on Sunday and Monday afternoons with two different Dialogues running concurrently.



    • Data Analytics and Machine Learning: Improved Outcomes for Student Success
    • Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Different Models, Different Funding Streams



    • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
    • Innovations in Capstones, Theses, and Dissertations


    Hot Topics

    These sessions are designed to provide a small, interactive setting for members of the graduate education community to discuss pressing issues. “Hot Topics” facilitators are CGS board members, staff, and others knowledgeable in these topic areas. This year’s topics include:

    • Research Ethics in the Humanities and Fine Arts
    • Graduate Student Health and Wellness: An Ounce of Prevention
    • Creating Cultures of International Inclusivity: The Role of the Graduate Dean
    • Latinx Graduate Student Life Cycle: Promising Practices
    • Assessing the Quality of Online Programs and Micro-credentials
    • Breaking News (reserved for a policy issue hot topic)


    Technical Workshops
    Workshops are designed to provide attendees with “nuts and bolts” strategies for dealing with pertinent issues facing the graduate education community.


    Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    Designing Programs with the End in Mind. We all design programs to support student success, but how do we know that our efforts are working? Increasingly, often prompted by funders, we need to design programs with clear goals and collect data that allow mid-course adjustments and revisions to our strategies. Join a discussion of logic models, templates and other tools to develop evidence-based programs that include robust assessment of outcomes.


    How to Increase Enrollment by Better Understanding Prospective Graduate Students. Sponsored by EAB. When trying to expand programs, effective communication with prospective students is key. Prospective graduate students present a unique and diverse opportunity and can’t be engaged with a “one-size-fits-all” approach. In this session, learn what results from a recent survey of prospective students tell us about the factors adult learners consider when evaluating and choosing programs. The session will cover how to ensure communications are relevant, responsive and likely to motivate action; to conceptualize a student journey that follows prospective students’ timelines; to leverage micro-surveys strategically; and to create effective campaigns with strategic content that generate results.


    Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Supporting the Success of Master’s Students. Master’s students are often part-time or online, and many return after having been out of school for some time. Given competing demands and the shorter duration of the typical master’s degree program, they also have little time for professional development activities. This session will focus on innovative programs designed to support master’s students’ degree completion and career success.


    Living Lessons from the PhD Career Pathways Project. The PhD Career Pathways project is a network of 69 universities developing best practices for collecting and using PhD career pathways data. Whether you are already a participant or considering joining, this session will offer strategic guidance and lessons learned to date. Participants will also learn how CGS is building on guidance from its member advisory groups to maximize the impact of this national initiative.






    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.