Graduate School Executive Council Chair Reports on Priorities


As the newly appointed chair of the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School, Professor of Environmental Health Barry Ryan presented a report on the current status of the graduate school. In his overview, he mentioned that the school presently enrolls some 1900 students, that it offers more than 40 degree programs, and that its faculty includes nearly 1000 scholars and researchers from Emory schools as well as partner institutions elsewhere. He went on to identify four key priorities for the school: academic identity, diversity and inclusion, professionalization, and internationalization. He also noted the major competitive pressures on the school, including areas in which the school must remain competitive (stipends, student health insurance, career preparation, recruitment, and student services) as well as national issues, such as funding and the need for a renewed national agenda that shows the value of graduate training.


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