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Illinois Association of Graduate Schools explores pathways to careers

Published: October 30, 2012.

Representatives from Illinois graduate schools convened for the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools 2012 Annual Summit Oct. 5 at Lewis University in Romeoville. This year’s focus was, “Exploring Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers.”

Dr. Nan Yancey, 2012-2013 president of IAGS and dean of the Lewis University Office of Graduate Studies, welcomed the more than 30 participants. Dr. Stephany Schlachter, provost of Lewis University, offered a few opening remarks.

Dr. Robert Augustine, dean of Eastern Illinois University Graduate School and chair-elect of the Council of Graduate Schools, provided a highlight of the 2012 CGS publication, Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers. Brooke Noonan, director of University of Chicago Graduate Student Affairs, and Beth Niestat, director of Programs & Planning in the University of Chicago Office of the Provost, discussed facilitating pathways through graduate school by meeting the needs of graduate students. This was followed by a panel exploring moving beyond graduate school into careers. Dr. Stanley Harriman, an Assistant Professor of aviation and transportation at Lewis was a member of this panel.

Before the day concluded, breakout sessions for private and public institutions provided time to discuss unique challenges. Guest Speaker Dr. Sally Francis, dean emeritus of the Oregon State University Graduate School led the final discussion with Dr. Vance McCracken, faculty of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Biotechnology PSM Program, and Dr. Dean Jensen, faculty of Elmhurst College Computer Information Systems PSM Program, on “A Pathway Option: The PSM”(Professional Science Masters).

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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