Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Steps Taken on the Path Forward" highlights impact of landmark report

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

University Graduate School Dean James C. Wimbush

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, policymakers, business leaders, and higher education stakeholders shared their perspectives on the importance of graduate education to U.S. innovation and competitiveness and discussed the impact of last year’s landmark report “The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States.”

The Path Forward report, a joint effort of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS), called on the federal government, universities and industry to work together to ensure that graduate education remains a viable option for a growing number of students.

The report is produced by the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, an 18-member group made up of university and industry leaders. James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School at Indiana University, is one of seven graduate school deans to serve on the commission.

At this year’s forum, a new paper “Steps Taken on the Path Forward” was released; the document reviews the impact of The Path Forward one year later and outlines issues and challenges confronting graduate education now and into the future. On campuses, the report has:
  • Influenced critical decision processes by helping to shape institutional strategic plans and goals for graduate education programs;
  • Changed institutional priorities by highlighting the importance of graduate education, the report resulted in making graduate fellowships the top priority for one institution’s fundraising;
  • Created new communication channels, such as catalyzing new online discussions between deans and faculty about graduate education issues and development of a video aimed at clarifying career pathways for students; 
  • Shaped evaluation metrics and affirming the commitment of graduate deans to developing and using outcome measures and offering more information to prospective and current students;
Introduced new programs, particularly professional development programs for graduate students.

“The report’s findings and recommendations have had an impact on a number of fronts - from federal policy to new university based strategic directions. They have facilitated a national conversation about the role and value of graduate education and its centrality to our quality of life.” said Debra Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. “While challenges remain, stakeholders across the country have taken the report’s findings to heart and are working to strengthen the graduate education enterprise,” she added.

Among the featured speakers were several policymakers as well as business leaders and graduate deans. Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of ETS, Stan Litow, VP of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM and President of IBM's Foundation, and Ronald Townsend, Executive VP for Global Laboratory Operations, Battelle Memorial Institute, discussed the importance of human talent to innovation and competitiveness.

A panel of graduate deans followed, made up of Robert Augustine, Dean of the Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University; Lisa Tedesco, Vice Provost & Dean, Laney Graduate School, Emory University; and James Wimbush, Dean, The University Graduate School, Indiana University. Each dean shared examples of the ways they used the report at the local and state level.

The event underscored the role of graduate education in maintaining and enhancing U.S. competitiveness and the need to support this strategic national asset.

About The Path Forward report 

The report, The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States, was guided by the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education ─ a group jointly formed by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 2009 to study how graduate education can meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Commission is comprised of 18 university presidents and chancellors, provosts, graduate school deans, corporate leaders and higher education scholars. The report and additional information is available at

Media Contact: Belle Woods / (202) 223-3791 /
UGS Contact: Erika Lee / (812) 856-3744 /


The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award 93% of the doctoral degrees and 76% of the master’s degrees.* The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.

* Based on data from the 2009 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Associate Dean David Daleke to join leadership of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS)

University Graduate School Associate Dean David Daleke

Associate Dean David Daleke of the University Graduate School is the new Secretary/Treasurer for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS). He will begin his three-year term in 2011-12.

As Secretary/Treasurer, Dean Daleke’s primarily responsibilities will be the collection of member dues and organizing logistics for the annual meeting held each spring. Dean Daleke has also served on the new MAGS Teaching Award committee, which created a new award for teaching assistants (one for a masters and one for a doctoral student) and mounted the first competition.

The University Graduate School regularly connects Indiana University with regional and national grad school organizations to further promote and support excellence in graduate education.

"I am happy to help MAGS fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in graduate education in our region. The work of this organization, and especially the programs offered at the annual meeting of the association, is a great benefit to the graduate programs in the diverse schools that make up MAGS," Dean Daleke said.

MAGS ( is a regional affiliate of the national Council of Graduate Schools. Its member colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education in the central U.S. offering graduate programs leading to masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Areas of active discussion and consideration have recently included the future of graduate education, graduate education funding, program assessment and accountability, as well as attrition, distance education, and administrative and instructional methodologies.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Four Department of English grads to share career paths at panel discussion April 13

April 4, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- So, what can you do with an English degree?

Four recent graduates of Indiana University's Department of English will return to campus Wednesday, April 13, for a 5 p.m. panel discussion about their current careers. This free, open-to-the-public discussion will take place at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, room A201.

The discussion, titled "Working with Public and Professional Writing: What Four Recent English Graduates are Doing with Their Degrees," was arranged by IU Assistant Professor of English Dana Anderson, coordinator for the department's Professional Writing program.

"They will discuss the different professional opportunities they've been able to pursue given their training in English and professional writing," Anderson said.

"Even in these difficult economic times, these students have managed to find different kinds of successes with their English degrees, and it will be engaging to hear the counsel they might have about life after graduation."

Participating alums are:

  • Kyle Kartz, a freelance writer;
  • Nicholas Parks, language arts and special education teacher at Imagine Life Sciences Academy East in Indianapolis;
  • Sara Richart, a student in University of Cincinnati's Accelerated Pathways Graduate Nursing Program; and
  • Rachael Tunick, human capital consultant for Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

The alums will discuss their current pursuits in the world beyond academics and the ways in which their training in English prepared them for these opportunities.

Anderson hopes to start a series with perhaps one panel per semester if this program is successful.

Light refreshments will be provided. Current and prospective English majors are especially encouraged to participate.

For more information on the IU Department of English, see

Call for Applications for the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program 2011-12

Being an Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity means helping others in the graduate school process, being available as a resource on graduate student life, and representing the strengths and diversity of IU to potential graduate students.

Emissaries are current IU graduate students from a variety of disciplines chosen to represent IU by the University Graduate School. Among other duties, these students produce a blog on student life (, answer questions about life as a graduate student in Bloomington (, and offer campus tours to visiting prospective graduate students (

Interested? Here are the details, including how you apply:

Basic Information
Duration: Fall 2011; Spring 2012; and, Summer 2012 (optional)
Position Open to: all full-time IUB masters and PhD students
Compensation: $500 stipend. Optional: Travel funding and/or $250 summer stipend.
Hours per month: no less than six hours
Sponsor Department: University Graduate School
Number of positions: ten
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Required Application Materials
To be considered, please complete the following:

  1. An online data form ( must be submitted by April 19.
  2. A curriculum vitae/resume must be emailed to by April 19.
  3. A one-page essay about past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills must be emailed to by April 19.
  4. A face to face interview is required.
Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements, expectations and the basis upon which compensation will be received.

Additional Information
Purpose of program: Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity serve as first contacts and initial resources for prospective graduate students, in addition to working and engaging in dialogue with graduate programs, departments, the University Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO).

Program Description: Graduate student emissaries will participate in information sessions, student panels, and new graduate student orientation. Graduate student emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Meetings will be held with University Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities.

The program will begin with a required session on Monday, May 2, 2011 and will officially begin the week before classes begin in August 2011 and conclude May 2011. Summer duties may be included.

Essential Functions: Graduate student emissaries promote peer connections between individuals interested in masters and PhD programs, especially in science, technology, mathematics (STM) disciplines, and current IUB graduate students. Graduate student emissaries serve as community-building liaisons between graduate studies and the graduate student body at IUB. Through e-mail, web logs, video blogs, and conversational video on Connect and VYou, graduate student emissaries answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants.

Graduate students are required to submit a monthly progress report about their contacts with potential students as well as other recruitment activities to the University Graduate School.

Required qualifications: Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a masters or PhD program at IUB, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate involvement in program, departmental, university or community organizations. Preference will be given to graduate students who are involved in diversity-building activities and programming.

Compensation: Graduate student emissaries will receive a $500 research/travel award for the academic year. In addition, graduate student emissaries who conduct four 1-hour tours to prospective graduate students will also receive funding to recruit at their undergraduate institution or conduct a job talk. Summer duties will receive an additional $250 award.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program, please feel free to contact Dr. Yolanda Trevino at

Grad Students: Opportunity to become a member of the IUSA Funding Board

Dear graduate students,

The IUSA Funding Board is currently seeking board members for next year. This board is responsible for allocating the student activities fees we pay each semester to student organization initiatives. Funding Board represents the voice of all students across campus and needs graduate student representation. There are many graduate student organizations on campus who request and receive funds from IUSA Funding Board; as such, having active graduate students on the board to advocate for our symposia and conferences, professional development, and other educational events is quite important.

The board is comprised of 11 regular voting members and 4 alternates and meets for 2-3 hours (beginning at 7pm) on Wednesday evenings during the semester. If you are interested in learning more about student activities and student self-governance or want to participate in the political processes of your campus, please read below and apply!

Forward to your grad program list-servs!

Thanks for your consideration,

Tracy Teel
HESA Master’s Class of 2012
Indiana University Bloomington

Interested in becoming more "in the know" about what is happening on campus? Want to serve the IU student body? Do you have a passion for student organization programming?

Apply to be a member of next year's IUSA Funding Board--or one of its two Co-Directors! Applications are currently on the IUSA website:

The IUSA Funding Board meets weekly to decide on funding allocations for several of IU-Bloomington's 700+ student organizations. The time commitment is 3+ hours per week. With a $350,000+ budget, the Funding Board funds more than 200 student organizations each year, helping to bring student organizations' initiatives to fruition. The Co-Director role requires a significantly greater time commitment (12+ hours per week). Please contact if you have questions about either role.

Applications for Board Members are due Friday, April 8th.
Applications for the Co-Director Position are due Wednesday, April 6th.