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    2015 Forums


    International Graduate Student Applications, Admissions, and Enrollment

    November 17, 2015

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) both have long-standing data collect efforts intended to examine patterns of international graduate student applications, admissions, and enrollment. CGS’ effort, focused exclusively on graduate education, has been implemented since 2004. IIE’s effort has been implemented since 1949, and with support from the U.S. Department of State since the early 1970s.


    CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment & Degrees

    August 27, 2015

    The 2014 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment & Degrees provides data about applications for admission to graduate school and graduate student enrollment in Fall 2014, and graduate degrees and certificates conferred in 2013-14. The survey has been jointly conducted by CGS and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Board since 1986 and annually offers one of the most comprehensive examinations of trends in graduate enrollment and degrees in the United States.Powerpoint presentation can be found here.

    • Jeff Allum, Council of Graduate Schools
    • Hironao Okahana, Council of Graduate Schools


    Minority Attrition and Completion in STEM Doctoral Programs

    May 28, 2015

    Findings from CGS’ publication, Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion, which was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (grant #1138814) offer an in-depth examination of doctoral outcomes and experience of underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These findings, along with comments from two guests, shed light on what can be done to promote student success. Powerpoint presentation can be found here

    • Jeff Allum, Council of Graduate Schools
    • Hironao Okahana, Council of Graduate Schools
    • Pamela Felder, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
    • Renetta Tull, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


    The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations

    February 11, 2015

    The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations is the first study to track the local origins, size, and growth rate of the foreign student population on a metropolitan level. The study includes descriptions of national and metro-level data on the region of origin from which international students come to the U.S. as well as implications for higher education policy and immigration policy.

    • Neil Ruiz, The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program




    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.