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60th Annual Meeting

March 18–21, 2018 | Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Theme

Our 2017 WAGS conference in Seattle thematically focused on “Expanding the Reach of Graduate Education.” This is really at the heart of what we do in graduate education: we work to expand access, to cultivate and inspire talent, to support innovative research, scholarship and creative activities, and, as advocates, to educate others about the wide-ranging and positive impacts of graduate education.

This year we will continue to expand the conversations that we as deans, directors, and graduate school staff engage in around common issues, opportunities, and challenges at our 2018 WAGS conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our theme will be “Graduate Education in a Changing Landscape” and our workshops, panels, and plenaries will celebrate 60 years of WAGS by considering the evolving landscape of graduate education. We will look at challenges facing graduate education, and consider how our changing educational, scientific, political, economic, cutlural, social, and global contexts impact us, our faculty, our students, and our communities. We’ll also focus on innovations that provide opportunities to (re)imagine the future of graduate education together.

Our thematic focus on Graduate Education in a Changing Landscape speaks to the issues, challenges, and opportunities that leaders in graduate education are facing today, and poses provocative questions about our roles in promoting graduate education as an ever-more-relevant font of human resources and innovation that will shape our common future. Conference topics may include:

  • Funding and budgeting in an era of declining government investment and concerns about student debt
  • Exploring new graduate credentialing opportunities
  • Considering internationalization of graduate education, including joint and dual degrees, international certificates, global educational experiences, and language training
  • Exploring student, faculty, and postdoc pipelines for cultivating excellence and diversity
  • Innovative program design and professional development to align graduate degrees and career pathways
  • Building graduate factulty and student community on campus
  • Partnering with industry and government for economic development and alt-ac career preparation for graduates
  • Student issues and legal best practices in graduate education
  • Assessing excellence amidst new forms of knowledge production and dissemination
  • Best practices in recruitment and admissions to maximize retention, progression and completion
  • Harnessing the power of technological innovation in graduate education
  • Fostering innovation hubs, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration
  • Data opportunities & challenges
  • Benchmarking graduate student experiences
  • Marketing, branding, and communication strategies for 21st centure graduate education
  • Situating the value and impact of graduate education in the context of contemporary issues like: student migration, the globalization of higher education, and the national and international role that graduate education plays in ensuring a brighter common future

Attendees

This conference will have panel sessions, plenaries, and other networking opportunities that would be professionally interesting and relevant to faculty and staff from colleges and universities significantly engaged in graduate education. This includes but is not limited to the following types of graduate professionals:

  • Graduate Deans and their staff
  • Graduate Program Directors and their staff
  • Associate Deans and their staff
  • Assistant Deans and their staff
  • Recruitment and Admissions staff
  • Other Graduate School/College staff