Graduate School Annual Report Published

September 26, 2017

The Graduate School Annual Report 2016-2017 is now available online ( The document describes accomplishments of the past academic year and priorities for the upcoming one, and includes an executive summary on page three.

“This report illustrates our continued efforts at advancing excellence in graduate education in a variety of innovative ways,” states William J. Karpus, Dean of the Graduate School.  “We ground our work in the core values of service, diversity, and engagement – and through the dedication of Graduate School leadership and staff, we have had another strong year serving and supporting graduate students, faculty and programs.”

The school underwent reorganization in 2014, when the faculty senate determined that the university’s research enterprise would be split from oversight of graduate education, assigning responsibility for the two areas to a Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and a Dean of the Graduate School.

This year’s report describes efforts toward achieving graduate education priorities outlined at the time of reorganization.  Highlights include:

  • streamlining graduate admissions for nearly 20,000 applications annually by launching a new and improved online application,
  • delivering high quality academic services through initiatives like the pilot Graduate Student Tracking System,
  • increasing funding, including allocating $15,000,000 in graduate student support, awarding $278,000 in travel awards and advocating for increases in TA and PA stipends,
  • promoting inclusiveness through diversity dialogues and bias-breaking workshops,
  • producing and using in-depth comparative data reports to optimize program assessment,
  • preparing students for broad spectrum career success with a new competencies framework and planning tool,
  • and more.

The full report can be found at Direct questions to

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