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Campus Conversation about Graduate Education
The Graduate School is conducting a campus-wide conversation on graduate education to create a collective vision for future directions.
This process will result in a document of consequence that will provide direction to the next leader of the Graduate School. Ohio State graduate students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in these conversations.
Identify the three critically relevant questions facing graduate education through a survey and facilitator-led focus groups
The Campus-Wide Conversations
Future and vision each question through evidence-based, faculty-led conversations
Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Identify internal challenges, align with university strategic plan, and produce document
- Professional / Career Development
Are we best preparing our students for their academic and non-academic careers?
- Diversity / Inclusion
The pressing need to diversify the composition of our graduate students and those who teach them.
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Education
Graduate students to learn to approach scholarly problems in interdisciplinary manners. Additionally, we support interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary graduate programs.
- Modes of education delivery
Higher education is being delivered in new ways stacking credentials, certificates, professional masters, distance education.
- Graduate Faculty Composition
Declining numbers of tenure-track faculty is a national trend. What is the role of clinical, professional, and associated faculty in providing graduate education?
- Funding Environment
The challenges of supporting graduate education in a fiscal environment with declining federal grant dollars and state subsidy.
The need to train both domestic and international graduate students to work and thrive in global environments.
Sizing graduate programs properly with an appropriate composition of students in response to external needs (e.g. job markets).
Framing Committee Members
College of Education and Human Ecology
Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Planning
Social and Behavior Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Medicine Administration
Interim Vice Provost and
Dean Graduate School
College of Engineering
Office of Research
Arts & Sciences Administration
Phase I Working Group
Rich Petty (chair)
Distinguished University Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Scott Herness (ex officio)
Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Education and
Interim Dean of the Graduate School
Roland J. Loup