Theme 3: Graduate Scholarly Experience
Advance a culture of excellence that attracts highly talented, diverse graduate students and produces graduates recognized as outstanding in their respective professions.
Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016
- The number of doctorate degrees awarded, a key university benchmark, increased more than 10 percent since 2011-12, from 162 to 179 and reached a high of 190 doctorate degrees awarded in 2014-15.
- Funding support for graduate students was enhanced through the colleges and Graduate School by the addition of new programs including the Presidential Doctoral Scholarship Program to assist with recruitment of outstanding doctoral applicants interested in interdisciplinary studies; the Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award; and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant Program to support direct research costs for graduate students during their final year.
- Six new graduate degrees and 16 new graduate certificates were approved in the past five years, expanding our programs to meet today’s needs for graduate education. One new interdisciplinary doctoral program was forwarded to the Board of Regents for final approval this fall.
- A new School for Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies was established at K-State Olathe and the school’s first degree program, the Professional Science Masters in Applied Science and Technology, was approved in April 2016. Opened in 2011, K-State Olathe now offers 11 graduate degree programs and four graduate certificates.
- The interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program received full accreditation.
- The Graduate School implemented changes to advance graduate programs, increase efficiencies and improve communication. Changes included implementing an online application and admissions system with dashboards to provide real-time data to graduate programs and departments; an enhanced website; and two new leadership positions focused on Enrollment Management/Student Services and Academics and Research.
- A Graduate Student Ambassador Program was launched to support the recruitment of graduate students and facilitate their transition to the university.
- Career development activities for graduate students were expanded with up to 35 professional development workshops offered annually and the initiation of a Dissertation Writing Retreat.
- Graduate Student Alumni Reunions were held for the first time to reconnect graduate alumni with the Graduate School, academic departments and the university.