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    Summer Workshop and New Dean's Institute

    Each July, CGS convenes the Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute, which combines fresh programming and interactive sessions on core issues and new trends in graduate education and research. Recent Summer Workshops have included sessions on promoting graduate student completion and success, developing fund-raising initiatives, and collecting and maintaining data to inform decision-making in the graduate school, among many others. Capped at 250 participants, the event offers many opportunities for networking, professional development, and discussions of examples and case studies.






    Participants may also choose to enroll in the New Deans Institute, a day-long program immediately preceding the workshop. Led by CGS Board of Directors, staff, and other experts, the Institute provides an orientation for deans who are new or relatively new to the role of graduate dean or associate/assistant dean.


    Comments from past participants in the New Dean’s Institute:

    • “I appreciate having opportunities to learn about best practices and gain very concrete and specific tips and strategies from experienced deans. I think the quality of the speakers and presentations were excellent.”


    • “This has been an excellent use of my day. I will ensure that my institution is a part of this meeting each year.”


    • “Great experience, the case studies and speakers provided great examples and reflection on challenges of graduate deanship.”


    • “Critical for new deans to attend.”


    • “Loved the case studies.”


    • “[The session on assessment] made me less nervous about grad school-wide assessment.”


    • “The networking opportunities were great.”


    To view past presentations from Summer Workshops and New Dean’s Institutes, please visit the Past Meetings page.


    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.