At a Glance
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS), which comprises more than 150 doctoral and master's programs, developed a strategic plan that is consistent with the five major strategic plan priorities defined by the Rutgers Office of University Equity and Inclusion, as well as the mission and goals of SGS. The university-wide diversity strategic planning process aligns efforts across Chancellor-led and organizational units to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) developed a strategic plan that is consistent with the five major strategic plan priorities defined by the Rutgers Office of University Equity and Inclusion, as well as the mission and goals of SGS. We envision this strategic plan will guide efforts in cultivating an equitable, affirming, and inclusive graduate education experience in which all SGS community members, across race, ethnicity, gender identity, citizenship status, religion, socioeconomic status, nationality, sexual orientation, and ability-difference, can learn and thrive.
Assessing Progress and Outcomes
To evaluate the status of implementation of this strategic plan, SGS will perform annual assessments consisting of:
- Development of appropriate software tools to store and analyze data related to recruiting, enrollment, academic initiatives, funding related to diversity and inclusion (internal and external), participation by students in professional development activities, and status of relationships with university partners and undergraduate-serving institutions.
- An annual self-assessment performed within SGS to determine the status of all activities initiated under this plan.
- An annual survey of program faculty and of students addressing the main issues covered by this plan.
- A review of relevant literature and websites, including those of peer universities, professional societies, and professional organizations concerned with graduate education to assess Rutgers’ progress relative to peers.