About Us

The Graduate School’s core purpose is to promote graduate education by fostering excellence, innovation, and inclusive communities.
We value discovery, inclusiveness, service, fairness, responsibility, excellence, and community.


We work to serve our core purpose in the following ways:

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  • Provide funding for university-wide fellowships and awards that support graduate student research, recruitment of diverse students, and administrative GE positions;
  • Organize events that enrich the academic, career development and student life opportunities for graduate students (e.g., orientations, workshops, annual Graduate Student Research Forum);
  • Provide students, faculty, Directors of Graduate Studies and Graduate Coordinators with information and support in dealing with a host of issues related to graduate education and graduate student experiences;
  • Maintain and improve GradWeb, a program that efficiently interacts with faculty, students and staff regarding admission, enrollment, degree progression and graduation;
  • Support graduate student organizations.


  • Represent the needs of graduate students and faculty working with graduate students, as well as the contributions of graduate student research to external and internal audiences and committees;
  • Serve as key link between national and international bodies involved in graduate education and UO faculty, administrators and students;
  • Partner with academic deans to raise the visibility of graduate education and the opportunities for investment with private donors, legislators and others.
  • Foster inclusive communities within all graduate programs; assist programs in attracting and retaining graduate students who bring diverse life experiences and perspectives to the university. Click here to view the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education's Diversity Strategic Action Plan, Five Year Review.

Policy Development and Implementation

  • Provide departments and students with information and support to ensure compliance with institutional graduate degree policies and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation collective bargaining agreement;
  • Review policies related to graduate education to ensure excellence and forward-thinking directions in graduate education.

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  • Collect, analyze and disseminate assessment data about graduate students and graduate education to UO units and as part of national data collection efforts;
  • Work with graduate programs to promote data-informed decision-making, program improvements and innovations.


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