Statement by CGS President Suzanne Ortega on Reversal of Guidance that Aims to Promote Diversity
    July 6, 2018


    CONTACT: Katherine Hazelrigg / / 202.461.3888


    Washington, DC— Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) President Suzanne Ortega released the following statement on reversal of guidance that aims to promote diversity:


    “Diversity is critical to the quality of U.S. graduate programs. Our programs must be able to prepare master’s and doctoral students to work in diverse teams, to understand the impact of research and practice on different U.S. communities, and to consider our nation’s greatest challenges from different perspectives. In light of these needs, the Council of Graduate Schools supports the ability of graduate programs to consider race as one factor in admission decisions. CGS data show modest growth in first-time enrollments for underrepresented minority groups— a trend that must be allowed to flourish. Given these factors, the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to rescind guidance to colleges and universities to promote diversity within the bounds of the law would limit, rather than advance, the quality of U.S. graduate education.”




    For more information about holistic admissions and graduate education, view CGS’s Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions report. Visit Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2005-2015 to view trends in admissions.

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of approximately 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


    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.
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