Innovations in Graduate Education

Meeting the current challenges in graduate education requires new, innovative programs that prepare leaders for the rapidly changing needs of the future. For this reason the Graduate School supports annual funding for the Innovations in Graduate Education program, which offers funding to improve graduate education across campus.

“A proactive Graduate School does more than ensure that today’s graduate students have the opportunity to learn and contribute to cutting edge knowledge,” notes former Vice Provost for Graduate Education Sandra Morgen, who launched this program. “This program is future focused, offering students new degrees, graduate specializations and training opportunities to help prepare them to meet the scientific, social, and technical challenges of tomorrow.”

More information here.

Current Innovations Call - Deadline April 6, 2015:

2015-2016: Media-Based Recruitment

Previously-Funded Innovations in Graduate Education:

2014-2015:
Track I - Innovative Professional Development

2013 - 2014:
Track I - Supporting Graduate Specializations

2012 - 2013:
Track I - Preparing Students for Careers Both In and Beyond the Academy
Track II - Recruitment and Retention of a More Diverse Student Body and Program

2011 - 2012:
Track I - Enriching Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Education
Track II - Recruitment and Retention of a More Diverse Student Body and Program

About Innovations in Graduate Education

This initiative supports several goals that have been outlined in the Academic Plan including graduate enrollment growth, programmatic innovation and excellence, and greater diversity. It helps to provide enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research; professional development activities that prepare students for multiple career pathways; effective recruitment and retention strategies leading to a more diverse student body; more robust intellectual communities; and new, innovative graduate programs that prepare leaders and professionals to meet the fast-paced changes and pressing social and economic needs of the future.

Each year applications are solicited from graduate programs across campus. Typically, the Innovations program has two tracks, one that highlights a particular theme identified as a priority by the Graduate School ("Track 1" themes have included professional development (2013-14) and graduate specializations (2012-13)) and another with a recurring focus on diversity in graduate education ("Track 2"). The Innovations program was launched by the Graduate School in 2010-11, with the first round of supported innovations commencing in the 2011-12 academic year.

 

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