Behind the Scenes: The Role of the Dean of Graduate Studies Office (DGS) in Enhancing Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM)
Behind the Scenes: The Role of the Dean of Graduate Studies Office (DGS) in Enhancing Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM).
A case study from an American institution on a foreign land, Egypt.
Universities worldwide suffer from low enrollment and retention rates. This results from several financial, economic and intellectual factors. These factors are discussed and tackled in different contexts, however; it is still a gigantic challenge for any academic institution to recruit new students or retain continuing ones. Although recruiting and retaining undergraduate students is challenging, recruiting and retaining graduate students is considered miraculous.
The significance of graduate studies and research is undoubtable, as mentioned in the Council of Graduate Schools ‘The Organization and Administration of Graduate Education’ booklet, “Master’s and doctoral institutions have distinct opportunities to meaningfully impact students, communities and the workforce. Graduate faculty and students advance their disciplines and encourage interdisciplinary thinking; they engage with local, regional, national and international communities to address compelling problems; and they contribute to the public good with ground-breaking research and innovative professional practices. Graduate students often teach while pursuing their degrees, educating and mentoring undergraduates. For these reasons and others, graduate education can raise a university’s national and global profiles”.
Thus, the passion for pursuing graduate studies either master’s or PhD has declined enormously during the past years. Efforts have concentrated on recruiting undergraduate students and a little have targeted graduate students. This as well as other factors including graduate students’ family commitments, full time jobs and financial constraints, have decreased students’ aspiration to continue their higher degrees.
The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. The University offers 36 undergraduate, 46 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. It also offers a globally recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.
DGS has a key role in administrating and organizing graduate education in AUC. In this presentation, descriptions of currently existing structure and practices to enhance GEM and to better meet the contemporary challenges will be discussed. In addition, strategies and case studies will be presented.
Shaimaa Hassanein The American University in Cairo
Monday, November 4, 2019
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level
First Learning Outcome: Align graduate enrollment management with Institutional strategic enrollment plan
Second Learning Outcome: Resources allocation
Third Learning Outcome: Means of assessing enrollment trends
Core Competencies: Interpretation and Application of Institutional and External Data, Leadership and Management
Proficiencies: Enrollment Management: SEM Assessment, Enrollment Management: SEM Leadership
Intended Audience: Other