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Prior DGS Meetings

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April 2021 Meeting

State of Graduate Education at Stanford

Looking ahead to Next Year

  • Funding for COVID-19 delays: your schools’ dean's office contact listed here will coordinate with VPGE to address funding gaps that cannot be filled by your program or school.

Issues for International Students

VPGE Resources

  • SCORE Academic Innovation Funds: funding available (up to $5K) to pilot faculty-initiated projects to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity and to support students’ academic progress within or across departments
  • Ideal Graduate Recruitment Portal: resources and ideas to support outreach and recruitment activities
  • VPGE Pop Up Workshops:  customized VPGE-staff-led workshops on  advising, peer mentoring, top tips for success in grad school, and another topics

October 2020 Meeting

May 2020 Meeting

Meeting Agenda & Materials


December 2019 Meeting

These materials were distributed or referred to at the Dec. 3 DGS meeting:

Resources for DGSs:

Advising Resources

General VPGE Resources

Please contact if you have any comments or questions or would like to request any VPGE materials.

May 2019 Meeting

Advising & DGS Policies & Implementation Resources

December 2018 Meeting

VPGE & General Resources

May 2018 Meeting

Our discussion focused on the implementation of new graduate academic policies, which were approved by the Faculty Senate in April 2018. Resources and information to guide discussions at the department and program level were shared and can be downloaded below: 

Establishing Advising Expectations (see GAP 3.3 Academic Advising)

These and more resources are also available on the Advising & Mentoring webpages.

December 2017 Meeting

The focus of the December 5, 2017 meeting was on Advising & Mentoring, specifically on results from the PhD Exit Survey and the Committee on Graduate Studies Advising Initiative. More information and resources follow:

May 2017 Meeting

The focus of the May 8, 2017 meeting was on long range planning and priority setting for graduate education at Stanford. Meeting details were shared via email. Here are some action items and resources from the meeting:

December 2016 Meeting

The focus of the December 6, 2016 Directors of Graduate Studies meeting was a discussion of the results from the PhD Exit Survey and demonstration of the website where the data can be analyzed. We also shared resources to support department and program’s recruitment of new graduate students and resources to support advising and new ideas for program improvement.

The PhD Exit Survey is available on the Institutional Research & Decision Support (IR&DS) website. Access is limited to department chairs, Dean’s office staff, and Directors of Graduate Studies.


  1. Welcome & Overview, Patti Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
  2. PhD Student Exit Survey: Marion Coddou & Corrie Potter, IR&DS
  3. Open Discussion

Handouts and Resources

Please share these with your faculty and staff colleagues: