Integrated Graduate Enrollment Management Plan


The expanded campus workgroup on graduate education is charged with developing a comprehensive graduate enrollment plan that is aligned with the University Strategic Enrollment Plan 2018-2023 and the actions contained in the University Strategic Directions 2016-2021. The group is expected to deliver a draft document that includes the goals, objectives, and actions required to meet graduate enrollment targets; increase the diversity of the graduate population; expand the reach and impact of the University's graduate programs regionally, nationally, and internationally; promote and market graduate programs, and enhance the services and support provided to graduate students and faculty.

Additionally, the workgroup will review the awarding, funding, and oversight of graduate assistantships and recommend any needed changes to ensure the awards are competitive, contribute to student development, and are aligned with institutional priorities. As noted in the Graduated Assistant policy, assistantship awards are intended to elevate the quality and scope of graduate education at the University by (a) attracting high-quality students to graduate programs, (b) providing full-time graduate students with valuable educational and professional experiences related to their degree program to enhance their graduate education, and (c) providing faculty and staff assistance in carrying out special projects or other assignments that require the advance discipline skills of graduate students.

Schedule of Campus Presentations and Consultations

  • President's retreat (August 14)
  • Graduate dean's convocation (week of August 22)
  • Council of Deans (September 19)
  • Planning Sub-Meet & Confer (September 20)
  • GCAP Sub-Meet & Confer (October 2)
  • Student Government (October 3)
  • Graduate Coordinators (October 3 & 9)
  • Faculty Research Sub-Meet & Confer (October 12)
  • Campus open forum (October 15, 3-4 p.m., CSU 201)
  • MSUAASF general membership meeting (October 15)
  • Enrollment operations group (October 16)
  • Campus open forum (October 24, 12-1 p.m. CSU 201)
  • Graduate student forum (October 16, and evening session, October 8)
  • Faculty Association Meet and Confer updates (September 6, October 18, and November 1)
  • Chairs' and Directors' meeting (October 31)
  • Faculty Association Executive Committee (November)
  • President's Cabinet (December)

University Strategic Enrollment Management Plan 2018 - 2023

Graduate Enrollment management plan

Update 5-14-20 - Summary of achieved Action items

Key aims related to graduate education include:

  • increase graduate student enrollment
  • increase international graduate student enrollment
  • increase summer graduate student enrollment
  • increase online degree program enrollment

Graduate Enrollment Management Plan Workgroup Co-Chairs

Beth Beschormer, College of Education
Michelle McAlarnen, College of Allied Health and Nursing
Chris Mickle, Director of Graduate Studies
Shawna Petersen-Brown, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kristel Seth, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Stephen Stoynoff, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Education


Richard Auger, College of Education
Aaron Budge, Associate Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Christine Brown-Mahoney, College of Business
Julie Carlson, College of Education
Matt Clay, Information Technology Representative
Rachel Cohen, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Kimberly Contag, College of Arts and Humanities
Katrina Cronk, Graduate Student Representative
Robert Fleischman, Associate Provost
Sara Frederick, Senior Director of Integrated Marketing
Jean Haar, Dean, College of Education
Laurie Hiebert, Graduate Students Representative
Jianwei Hou, College of Business
Dan Houlihan, Director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research
Brian Jones, Director of Admissions
Julie Kerr-Berry, College of Arts and Humanities
Karla Lassonde, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jacqueline Lewis, College of Education
Justine Martin, Library Services
Henry Morris, Dean of Diversity
Carlos Panahon, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Joan Roca, Dean of the Library
Heidi Southworth, Library Services
Mahbubur Syed, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Joe Visker, College of Allied Health and Nursing
Elizabeth Whitcomb, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Gregory Wilkins, MSUAASF Representative