Letter From the President - Fall 2016 Perspectives

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Letter From the President - Fall 2016 Persectives 

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the fall 2016 issue of Perspectives. As I write this, I find I am simultaneously holding on to small remnants of summer (sandals, no jackets!) and also rejuvenated by the energy on campus that the return of students and the beginning of a new academic year brings. Soon – likely by the time you are reading this issue – summer will be but a distant memory and our recruitment seasons will be well underway.

For those of you who travel to graduate fairs and the like, don’t forget to wear your NAGAP pins. They’re a great way to identify other NAGAP members, meet friendly faces, and create new connections in an environment that may be otherwise unfamiliar or overwhelming. Consider giving back to NAGAP by sharing your NAGAP experience with others you see who may not be members of our association but who might really benefit from it. Remember that our collective good work can easily be expanded by engaging more GEM professionals to join this unique and valuable GEM network.

Today I am especially excited to share with you an update on the strategic planning session in which the Governing Board engaged this past summer. With thanks to all of you who offered your thoughts on the current state and future of NAGAP by responding to the survey that we disseminated, I’m pleased to share that your comments set the foundation for the entire 2.5 day intensive session.

The session was held in Chicago and facilitated by a third party – Vicki Loise from Kellen. In addition to your NAGAP board members, the group was joined by Colleen Gabauer, Amelia Pavlik, Donald Resnick, Tom Rock, and Kristen Sterba. With rolled-up sleeves and an abundance of caffeine at the ready, we dove headfirst into lively discussion and debates about what it means to be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in the field of GEM and within our association. We talked at length about the changing landscape of graduate education and the evolution of graduate enrollment management, and how we might position NAGAP to remain at the cutting-edge.

In the end, we settled on 5 goals for NAGAP to focus on over the next four (or more) years. NAGAP will:

  1. Be the global knowledge center of informed, engaged and empowered GEM professionals
  2. Be the advocate for graduate education and its intrinsic value to society
  3. Be the advocate and thought leader for access to graduate education
  4. Stay ahead of and help shape changes in the field of GEM
  5. Have a diverse revenue stream to ensure sustainability and strategic growth

From there we identified a number of objectives that would help us achieve those goals, some of which include:

  • Build awareness and leverage the value proposition of NAGAP and GEM
  • Increase collaborations with other associations and organizations to produce research, improve visibility, and create more shared programming
  • Enhance the knowledge base in areas of graduate student population, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Increase and diversify the products and services that generate revenue
  • Increase the number of strategic partnerships with vendors and peer organizations that benefit members

Of course, now the real work must begin. But we’re ready! Through a combination of sub-committees, new task forces, and project teams, we are excited to engage you in helping us execute this plan. More information will be forthcoming about how to volunteer for these new opportunities and I encourage you to seriously consider participating in the work. We are an ambitious group but NAGAP is greater than the sum of its parts. We will make the greatest strides when our board members, committee members, chapter members, and national association members join heads and hearts and tackle it.

I will look forward to providing you with more updates about our progress in achieving our strategic planning goals in the coming months. In the meantime, there is so much good stuff in this fall issue that you don’t want to miss. Pack your copy in your bag and download the digital issue so whether you’re on the road, commuting to work, or sneaking away for a lunch break, you can take a peek. In particular, check out the Ethics Corner, an article on alumni engagement in the recruitment process, highlights from the ever-popular salary survey, an article from Research Grant recipient Curtis Byrd on Diversifying the Professoriate, and a piece on our upcoming Annual Conference – NAGAP’s 30th anniversary! – in Salt Lake City.

Be safe, wherever you are, and know you have a friend in NAGAP.

Julie Deland