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    Scholarly Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

    The Council of Graduate Schools is committed to advancing the scope and quality of graduate education in the ethical and responsible conduct of research. Since 2003, CGS has worked with members to develop promising practices in responsible conduct of research (RCR) and research ethics education for graduate students. Please see below for an overview of current and prior best practice initiatives in this area and links to the project pages.


    Expanding Graduate Training in RCR: Big Data Ethics

    To address the increasing use of big data in graduate student research and to prepare graduate deans as leaders in graduate training within their institutions, CGS and its partner, PERVADE (“Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research”), have received funding from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and Elsevier to host a 1.5 day workshop in June 2020. This workshop will convene thought leaders from the big data ethics community and graduate deans from research-intensive institutions to identify ways graduate deans can augment and influence the training of graduate students in meeting the challenges of using big data methods in their research.


    The Project for Scholarly Integrity

    Funded by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the CGS Project for Scholarly Integrity supported the development of institutional models for embedding enhanced research integrity and responsible conduct of research education into graduate education.


    Modeling Effective Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations: A Learning Outcomes Approach

    The Council of Graduate Schools, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), worked with members to develop effective models addressing the research ethics issues that arise in international collaborations.


    Best Practices in Graduate Education for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2006-2008)

    This NSF-funded project made it possible to support and assess projects at eight institutions focusing on programs in science and engineering that cross disciplinary boundaries.


    Graduate Education for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2004-2006)

    This ORI-funded project supported the generation and testing of strategic interventions and assessment strategies in the behavioral and biomedical fields at ten universities.


    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.