Theme 3: Graduate Scholarly Experience
Advance a culture of excellence that attracts highly talented, diverse graduate students and produces graduates recognized as outstanding in their respective professions.
Activities and Accomplishments
- The number of doctorate degrees awarded, a key university benchmark measure, increased more than 33% over the past decade, with a record 216 doctorates awarded in academic year 2020-2021.
- Funding support for graduate students was improved through initiatives in the colleges and Graduate School, including the addition of new programs such as the Presidential Doctoral Scholarship Program, the Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Small Grant Program.
- Eight new graduate degrees and 52 graduate certificates were approved since 2011, expanding our online and in-person graduate programs to meet today's need for graduate education. Twelve of these new graduate degrees and certificates are interdisciplinary.
- The number of fully online graduate program offerings increased, including 6 doctoral programs, 16 master programs and 25 graduate certificates. Five doctoral programs are now available online and on campus.
- K-State Olathe's School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies was established and now offers a professional science master's in applied biosciences and three graduate certificates in addition to several graduate programs based on our Manhattan campus.
- Career development activities were expanded for graduate students with an increased number of professional development workshops offered annually.
- Graduate School alumni reunions were held for the first time to reconnect graduate alumni with the Graduate School, academic departments and the university.
- The Graduate School enhanced operational support serving both graduate programs and students, including implementation of College Net for admission processing, more efficient processing of student documents and an enhanced online presence.
- A Graduate Student Ambassador Program was launched to support the recruitment of graduate students and facilitate their transition to the university.