Strategic Plan 2020
Vision of the Graduate School
The Graduate School at the University of Georgia will be at the forefront of best practices in graduate education by providing the leadership for an exemplary learning environment in which to educate our next generation of scholars, professionals, and global leaders in a competitive, knowledge-based world.
The Graduate School will focus on the following three goals over the next ten years to enhance and enrich graduate student learning. The strategies and action steps identified under each goal will assist in achieving the intended outcomes that support the growth and advancement of graduate education at the University of Georgia.
Mission of the Graduate School
Graduate School Strategic Plan 2020
Goal 1: Recruit and retain highly competitive and outstanding graduate students
Strategy A: Increase our competitiveness in the recruitment of outstanding prospective graduate students.
Outcome: Competitiveness with aspirational and peer institutions for the recruitment and retention of high quality graduate students.
Benchmarks: Increase in number of competitive assistantships; increase in number of endowed fellowships and sponsored assistantships; recruitment strategies implemented; faculty workshops offered.
Strategy B: Broaden the intellectual horizons of graduate students.
Outcome: Prepare graduate students for their future careers.
Benchmarks: Number of professional development opportunities offered; number of students applying for external funding; number of collaborative efforts with Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Emory; record of public recognition of students receiving awards and national fellowships.
Strategy C: Work with programs to ensure retention and completion of enrolled graduate students.
Outcome: Graduate students will have opportunities to develop skills and have experiences to enhance degree completion.
Benchmarks: Retention, time-to-degree, and graduation rates; number of best practices seminars; dissemination of data.
Goal 2: Enhance the culture of innovation and interdisciplinarity in graduate education
Strategy A: Encourage and support efforts to offer innovative and interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities for graduate students.
Outcomes: An increased level of innovation, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration between academic departments, the Graduate School, and potential regional and international research consortia; better coordination among the Graduate School and faculty members, graduate coordinators, and program directors seeking assistance to advance innovative and interdisciplinary ideas; greater and more creative use of technology, including online learning opportunities, for graduate education; more competitive graduate education programs.
Benchmarks: Number of assistantships provided for interdisciplinary programs; letters of support provided for interdisciplinary programs; establishment of an innovation in graduate education seminar; streamlined admissions and student support processes for dual-degree, online, and other innovative programs.
Strategy B: Increase the number of interdisciplinary certificates, interdisciplinary degrees, and dual-degrees awarded.
Outcomes: Broader graduate programs of study, including more coursework taken outside the home department; growth in interdisciplinary program enrollments; more dissertation research in interdisciplinary projects; increased enrollment in interdisciplinary/dual-degree and certificate programs; increased number of interdisciplinary/dual-degree graduate degrees awarded.
Benchmarks: Number of new interdisciplinary courses, programs, and certificates developed/offered; number of faculty grants awarded for development of innovative and interdisciplinary programs; number of new dual-degree programs; interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students.
Strategy C: Support programs and faculty in seeking and receiving grants that support interdisciplinary graduate education.
Outcomes: Increased extramural funding in support of interdisciplinary research; increased participation of graduate students in interdisciplinary research.
Benchmarks: Amount of funding received for interdisciplinary grants; faculty collaborations initiated with the assistance of the Graduate School; number of students conducting interdisciplinary or innovative research.
Strategy D: Work with campus administrators and faculty to provide space on campus to facilitate conversations about innovation and interdisciplinary research.
Outcomes: Open, communal spaces to provide opportunities to address broad-based questions of import, raise the intellectual climate of the university, and assist in attracting top graduate students from around the world to our programs.
Benchmarks: Establishment and use of a graduate life center; establishment and use of collaborative spaces on campus.
Goal 3. Maintain leadership in diversity of underrepresented graduate students.
Strategy A: Seek to attain a graduate student body that reflects the people of our state and our nation.
Outcomes: Greater UGA visibility on campuses of HBCUs and HSUs; networking established with the faculty from these institutions; increased number of qualified applicants to Graduate School from students at these institutions; a graduate student population representative of the diversity of Georgia.
Benchmarks: Number of outreach activities; number of joint programs with other campus units; increase in enrollment of underrepresented students, particularly African American, Hispanic, and women in fields in which they are underrepresented.
Strategy B: Provide support to ensure retention and completion of underrepresented students.
Outcomes: Improvements in diversity indicators across campus; equipping graduate students with the skills needed to interact effectively with diverse populations and cultures.
Benchmarks: Enrollment of underrepresented students; number of agreements and outreach activities with HBCUs and HSUs institutions; number of activities supporting graduate programs in their recruitment of underrepresented students; participation in and yield from activities conducted by the Graduate Schoolís Outreach and Diversity Office.