Advocate for a Graduate Dean, Centralized Graduate School, & Increased Graduate Funding

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The CAU graduate student leaders have expressed concern for graduate retention, declining enrollment, and a disappointment regarding the lack of support for the graduate student body at Clark Atlanta University. While some collaboration and efforts have been made, the foremost requests from students have yet to be addressed. Graduate students are insisting on the immediate hiring of a graduate dean, formation of a centralized graduate school, and increased funding. Current CAU graduate students please sign this petition that will serve as proof that students want change!

1. The Organization of a Centralized Graduate School + Graduate Dean:

To include proper staffing of effective and student-centered leadership. Evidence shows that the cost of decentralized administration is greater than that of a centralized structure, thus “the vast majority of universities in the US have centralized administration” (Council of Graduate Schools). Furthermore, efficient centralization produces accountability structures, staff expertise, established uniformity in the implementation of standards, and decreases the likelihood of student grievances/ legal action based on unequal practices. When surveyed in Fall 2016, CAU graduate students cited administrative processes/ student services as one of the top issues, and the number one recommendation to resolve these issues was to develop a centralized graduate school. Moreover, with the size and scope of Clark Atlanta University, a graduate school will align CAU with many of its peer and aspirant institutions by providing services to assure the successful matriculation of graduate students from admission to graduation. 

2. Increase Funding/Assistantships:

To include teaching, graduate and research assistantships with partial or full tuition waivers, along with stipends distributed equitably across all graduate programs and an overall increased percentage of institutional scholarships for graduate students. Moreover, ABD doctoral students request an elimination of inapplicable fees. This will allow for graduate students to be supported in a traditional format, while gaining valuable experiences toward their career, and aiding the institution, faculty, staff, and students.



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