How will we measure progress?
The Graduate School recognizes the variability among programs regarding current levels of diversity and the barriers that hinder the goal of increasing the diversity of students earning University graduate degrees.
We ask each college, therefore, to determine how the GAGE funds can best be used to accomplish this goal, keeping in mind that simply increasing recruitment or enrollment of students from underrepresented populations, in the absence of attention to inclusivity upon matriculation, can be detrimental to the primary goal of students’ degree completion.
It is expected that the ultimate goal of the GAGE program - increasing the diversity of students receiving graduate degrees - will likely to take many years to achieve. For the next several years, then, we will measure indicators of progress toward this goal, such as an increase in the diversity of applicants, an increase in the diversity of students who enroll, and underrepresented students’ satisfaction with their program.