Graduate Program Directors Summit

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:55pm
MSU Union Ballroom

Graduate Program Directors and Graduate Associate/Assistant Deans

The Graduate Program Directors Summit will serve three purposes.

  1. An overview of the Grad School Strategic Plan and our ongoing strategic initiatives
  2. Laying the groundwork for Strategic Program Assessment
  3. An opportunity for broad information exchange around Graduate Education

Note that all of the topics we will discuss are important areas to continually be mindful of in thinking about and improving graduate education. Time will not permit deep dives into any of them, but this will be a good start.


8:00 – 8:30          Coffee, light refreshments and networking

8:30 – 9:00          Introduction: Graduate School Strategic Plan and Graduate Program Director’s Summit

9:00 – 9:30          Mentoring: Introduction to the new MSU Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising Guidelines, MSU Mentoring Task Force recommendations, and national reports on mentoring in graduate education

9:30 – 10:20        Student Learning Assessment: Discussion of student learning assessment process at MSU with an opportunity to share experiences, brainstorm about ways to improve the assessment process, and see additional data that may be useful for this assessment.

10:30 – 11:20     Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Discussions about how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is conceptualized in postsecondary education and within your graduate programs, the ways in which your programs address the needs of students with various social identities, specific DEI efforts that your program has been engaged in, and the challenges that your program encounters when seeking to recruit, retain, and support a diverse graduate student body. 

11:30 – 12:20     Professional Development: Discussion of the diverse career and professional development needs for graduate students, opportunities that exist for them locally to nationally, and what data exists to guide planning future initiatives.

12:30 – 1:30        Working Lunch: Outlook on Strategic Program Assessment and Emerging Trends

1:30 – 2:00          Networking

Registration is required.

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