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    Professional Development

    CGS provides members with professional development resources and opportunities through interactive sessions at regular meetings, as well as through interactive online forums. Special sessions at Annual Meetings and Summer Workshops are designed to support graduate leadership across all aspects of a graduate dean’s role, such as building relationships across campus, budget management, quality assessment, advocacy, and fundraising.  In addition, the following member programs are specifically focused on professional development for graduate deans, associate deans, and assistant deans.


    Dean-in-Residence Programs

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) hosts a Dean-in-Residence program.



    Summer Workshop and New Dean's Institute

    The annual Summer Workshop and New Dean’s Institute offers professional development and networking opportunities for new and experienced deans.



    CGS Webinars

    CGS' interactive webinars provide information and guidance on topics of key interest to member institutions.



    CGS Career Portal

    The CGS Career Portal is a current listing of open positions for graduate deans, associate/assistant deans, administrative staff, as well as faculty and other higher education professionals.


    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.