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    2019 Forums


    Highlights from the 2018 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment & Degrees

    September 24, 2019

    A preview of the 2018 Graduate Enrollment & Degree survey results, which was released to the public on October 8, 2019, was presented, including the latest trends in applications for admission to graduate school, first-time and total graduate student enrollment, and graduate degrees and certificates conferred.


    Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Scope, Use, and Implications

    March 28, 2019

    Educational big data, also known as learning analytics, are innovating higher education. The power of learning analytics lies in their ability to illuminate previously unseen trends in student learning and engagement and provide real-time, personalized feedback. However, the data and algorithms that underlie learning analytics-based tools do not come without controversy. Concerns related to ethics and privacy violations, including algorithmic bias, lack of transparency in proprietary tools, surveillance and tracking of students, and data access, protection, and ownership have created the need for careful use of these data and thoughtful policies to govern that use. For graduate programs in data science that focus on educational big data, foundations in ethics and privacy of data use should be a core component of curriculum. These programs should help shed light on not just the potential that learning analytics offer, but the inherent problems associated with big data correlations that can result in data-driven, versus data-informed, decision making.


    Graduate Enrollment Trends at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)

    June 10, 2019

    Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are colleges and universities that enroll 25% Latinx undergraduate students. HSIs now represent about 17% of all postsecondary institutions in the United States, and they enroll about 66% of all Latinx enrolled in college. They are an important and growing segment of the postsecondary population. Yet there is little understanding of what it means to serve Latinx undergraduates at HSIs, and even less emphasis on graduate enrollment. Using descriptive analyses and data from IPEDS, Dr. Garcia found enrollment inequities between Latinx undergraduate and graduate students at HSIs, calling to question, “What does it mean for HSIs to serve graduate students?” Using findings from a recent study published in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Dr. Garcia will discuss the increasing significance of HSIs are graduate serving institutions, arguing that they can become primary educators of a diverse, highly educated workforce.


    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.