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St. John's President Gempesaw Speaks at Council of Graduate Schools 2015 Annual Meeting

Joins Presidential Panel with Cornell University and CUNY Graduate Center in Seattle, WA
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

St. John’s University President Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw joined a prestigious group of panelists led by Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett, and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) President Chase Robinson, at the 55th Annual Council of Graduate Schools’ 2015 Meeting in Seattle, WA, on December 5.

One of the major goals of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is to help members become more effective advocates for graduate education. Making a strong case in this regard depends on data, human interest stories, and an understanding of the needs and concerns of various stakeholders.

Each president discussed the value and contribution of graduate education to their respective universities and how this can lead to continued or increased support for graduate programs. For graduate education to thrive on college campuses, the presidents felt there needed to be a required set of facts that can be turned into stories relevant to campus stakeholders, including alumni, industry partners, legislators, board members, and system heads in order to successfully promote graduate education.

“To make the case for graduate education, we must offer quality programs that are tailored to meet the needs of students and other stakeholders and match faculty expertise and scholarship,” said Dr. Gempesaw, “We must also be able to present supporting data such as retention, graduation, and placement rates that would indicate student success and enhance future alumni engagement.”   

Barbara Knuth, Chair, Board of Directors, Council of Graduate Schools, and Senior Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate School, Cornell University, served as moderator for the session.

For more information, please contact Dominic Scianna, Associate Vice President for External Relations, St. John’s University, by calling 718-990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to [email protected].

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