Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Excellence in Graduate Education

Graduate education at Brown has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1850. Today’s graduate students take courses, create knowledge, support faculty research, and contribute to the teaching and mentoring of our undergraduates. Directing PAE resources to support the Graduate School has yielded significant results, as evidenced by the record numbers of applicants, improved selectivity, and our competitiveness with the very best of our peers.

The Graduate School has benefited from the addition of new faculty members, which has enabled the creation of new master’s and doctoral programs and strong partnerships with other institutions and research organizations.

The Graduate School has developed a strategic plan, building upon the progress made through the PAE and reflecting the findings of the Working Group on Graduate Education. Drawing on the latter, the Graduate School developed a set of metrics to assess the quality of graduate programs, including admission selectivity, external funding, curricular design, diversity, completion and attrition data, and information on placement. These data continue to be produced annually, discussed at regular meetings between programs and the Graduate School deans, and displayed on the Graduate School Web site.

Goals, objectives, and actions related to the Graduate School have been integrated into the Phase II priorities at the beginning of this document. However, many important activities will continue to be updated in this section.