The Office of Research & Graduate Studies collaborates with Liberal Arts departments, centers, institutes, and the Graduate School to support initiatives that increase graduate student success and improve students’ work environment. In addition to steering College policies, our office participates in the university-wide conversations about graduate student parental accommodations, dissertation embargo, funding, professional development, placement targets, and more. We investigate college, university, and national data on graduate education; design and offer professional development opportunities for graduate students; and work on best practices for student recruitment and support with fellowships and employment in academic job titles.
College-level policies impact students' academic progress. In establishing and revising such policies we respond to university and national conversations on graduate education and career options, helping shape these conversations.