Graduate School releases annual report

The Graduate School Annual Report 2017-2018 is now available online. Centered around the theme, “advancing knowledge through education and research”, the report outlines the accomplishments of the past year, while looking forward to the priorities that will define the future.

“This has been a great year for improving the graduate student experience at UW–Madison,” said William J. Karpus, Dean of the Graduate School. “In our work at the Graduate School, we look at the full student experience, from application to enrollment to career preparation, and we are committed to excellence in every step of the journey, for every student.”

Accomplishments of the past year fall into three broad categories: service, diversity, and engagement. Highlights in these categories include:

  • Increasing stipends for graduate student teaching and project assistants by 13.3 percent
  • Introducing the Graduate School Explorer, a data tool that allows students and programs to access admissions, enrollment, demographics, and funding data
  • Participating in the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science and Council of Graduate Schools Career Pathways Project, emphasizing transparency in career outcomes
  • Launching a new Applicant Review system to better serve prospective students and programs
  • Establishing a staff position shared by the Dean of Students Office and the Graduate School
  • Hosting the 2018 Graduate Career Consortium national conference, positioning UW–Madison as a national leader in graduate career preparation
  • Completing the first ever review of Graduate Research Scholars communities, devoted to fostering academic success among underrepresented minority students
  • Debuting a redesigned website to improve user experience, particularly for prospective and current students
  • Commissioning focus groups of Advance Your Career program directors and coordinators to understand how to further enhance the experience of nontraditional students

The full report is available here. Direct questions to