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EIU Graduate School Receives the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education

The third annual "ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion" was presented to Eastern Illinois University during the 51st Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

The award is sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service. Robert Augustine, dean of the graduate school, accepted the award on behalf of EIU.

The award recognizes promising, innovative proposals to enhance student success and degree completion at the master's or doctoral level, while promoting inclusiveness.

The winning institution is selected based on the strength of its proposal to meet the award's goals and to serve as a model for other schools; it receives a two-year, $20,000 matching grant.

The winning proposal from EIU, "The Integrative Graduate Studies Institute," will offer a full range of services designed to promote success in graduate education, including five integrative graduate mentoring programs. The programs will focus on distinct audiences, both undergraduate and graduate students, and will be evaluated on outcomes related to diversity, retention and completion rates, and other metrics.

"From pre-admission through to degree completion graduate students face many challenges and hurdles to success," says David G. Payne, vice president and COO of ETS's Higher Education Division.

"Eastern Illinois' comprehensive proposal specifically addresses these challenges in a positive way and we congratulate them for their efforts on behalf of students."

"Eastern Illinois University was the best of a very strong set of proposals, all of which showed the commitment that graduate schools have to promote student success in graduate programs through creative approaches," said Debra W. Stewart, CGS president. "CGS is exceptionally grateful for ETS's continued support for graduate education as exemplified by this award."

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Integrative Graduate Studies Institute

Enrollment Quality and Diversity Board Research

A subcommittee of EIU's Council on Graduate Studies, the Enrollment Quality and Diversity Board worked during the academic year of 2010-2011 to discover how to achieve a more diverse and high quality applicant pool and enrollment of graduate students at EIU. While diversity has grown at the undergraduate level at EIU, that growth is not currently reflected in graduate enrollment. The EQDB researched national trends, as well as the culture and programs available to undergraduate students at EIU regarding how information about graduate education reaches students.

This research and study resulted in the creation of the Integrative Graduate Studies Institute to be implemented within EIU's Graduate School. The mission of the Institute is to foster intentional learning from admission through matriculation and beyond. The Institute will offer five integrative graduate mentoring (IGM) programs to promote graduate education from admission to completion. The Institute's five IGM programs include: 1) Integrative Graduate Mentoring for EIU, 2) Integrative Graduate Mentoring for Key Institutions, 3) Integrative Graduate Mentoring for First Year Graduate Students, 4)Integrative Graduate Mentoring beyond the Goal, and 5) Integrative Graduate Mentoring Summer Scholars Program.

Members of the Enrollment Quality and Diversity Board:

  • Co-Chair- Assege HaileMariam, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Psychology
  • Co-Chair- Ruth Hoberman, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, English
  • Mona Davenport, Director, Minority Affairs
  • Barry Griffin, President, Black Graduate Student Union
  • Lori Henderson, Graduate School
  • Karla Kennedy-Hagan, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Brenda Major, Director, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Linda Reven, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education


Midwest Association of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service Recognizes EIU's First Choice Graduate Program

William Wiener, Chair, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools and Debra Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools, presented Robert Augustine, Dean, EIU Graduate School, with the MAGS/ETS Award of Excellence at the annual meeting in Milwaukee in March 2011. The recognition included a $2500.00 award to the Graduate School. The Graduate School's First Choice program offers EIU's graduate programs an opportunity to engage in a self study and peer-reviewed sessions to evaluate how they are meeting the First Choice criteria. The program is overseen by the Graduate School but conducted by EIU's Council on Graduate Studies. Since 2006, eleven of EIU's 27 graduate programs have achieved First Choice designation. A complete list of those programs can be found here: http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/firstchoice.php