To lead the region in graduate education.

Mission Statement

The Graduate School centrally supports the University’s graduate programs and policies while promoting the research and scholarly activities of our graduate, post-masters, and doctoral students and graduate faculty.  

The Graduate School focuses on the following strategic areas to fulfill our mission:

  • leadership in graduate education strategies, standards, curriculum and best practices;
  • governance to ensure integrity, fairness, and base-level standards of consistency in the management of graduate students, policies, and programs;
  • efficient administrative services that facilitate the graduate student experience and program success in the recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation of an academically strong and diverse graduate student body;
  • award graduate assistantship positions to offices across campus that further the university mission as well as recognize, recruit and retain a diverse group of outstanding graduate student scholars;
  • enhance the intellectual life of the University by enabling graduate and doctoral students to undertake scholarly study and advance research;
  • partner with graduate faculty, program coordinators, department heads, and college deans to best serve our graduate students and programs.
  • intentional inclusion of our online graduate students in graduate activities, organizations, research opportunities.

Strategic Priorities

  • Raise the visibility of the graduate school and serve as a conduit for the professional development of students at every stage of their career.
  • Ensure transformative educational opportunities through student-centric discipline-focused programs that drive innovation and encourage intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and social responsibility.
  • Champion our students to be active, thoughtful participants in their communities.
  • Garner resources for graduate faculty to pioneer new fields of study.
  • Embody respect for and commitment to the ideals of a pluralistic, inclusive, open and democratic society.

The vision and mission the Graduate School is founded on the principle that our students are our greatest asset.