Educational Testing Service

Educational Testing Service

June 09, 2009 11:44 ET

Commission to Study Future of Graduate Education in the United States

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - A 19-member commission of university presidents, deans, research scientists, provosts, measurement experts and industry leaders has been formed to study how the graduate education community will meet the challenges of the 21st century. It will focus its attention on maintaining the preeminence of U.S. graduate schools in the face of rising global competitiveness.

The Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States was formed with support from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The role of the commission will be to help the public understand the political, demographic, socioeconomic, educational and financial trends that impact participation in graduate education. A report on the status of graduate education in the United States will be released at the Council of Graduate Schools' annual legislative conference in April 2010.

"President Obama has called upon Americans to become involved in addressing the pressing challenges facing the United States," says Commission Chair William Russel, Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University. "The responsibility for that lies in large part with our nation's graduate schools. When completed, the commission's report will assess the present condition of graduate education, chart a course for the future, and create a national conversation on the benefits of increasing pursuit and completion of graduate degrees by all segments of the U.S. population."

"The assumption underlying our forthcoming report is that U.S. competitiveness in the global economy hinges fundamentally on our capacity to produce appropriate numbers of graduate degree holders at the master's and doctoral levels," adds Suzanne Ortega, Commission Vice Chair and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico. "We'll look at this from projected needs for the future, composition of the graduate talent pool, trends of international students, as well as the contributions of women, minorities and underrepresented groups in graduate education. It will be the most thoroughly researched and significant report on the state of graduate education that has ever been done."

The report will open with a brief historical perspective that sets the context for the report. The commission then is expected to report on what the data tell us about projecting degree recipients from both the domestic and international talent pools to address U.S. competitiveness. Other topics will include:

--  Graduate pathways
--  Demographic changes in the next 20 years
--  Workforce needs projections
--  International competition
--  Efforts of universities to increase graduate participation
--  The role of industry
--  The role of government
--  How graduate education is financed

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the GRE®, TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

About CGS

For more than four decades, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. Our mission is to advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery and to promote an environment that cultivates rigorous scholarship.