At a forum held on 26 April 2007 at the Library of Congress, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released its new report, “Graduate Education: The Backbone of American Competitiveness and Innovation.” The report, authored by a special advisory committee comprised of university presidents, corporate leaders, and graduate deans, calls for increased collaboration between government, higher education, and the business community to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and national security through increased support for graduate education. The report sets out a specific action agenda for these three targeted sectors to foster better collaboration, develop the U.S. domestic talent pool, produce an educated workforce prepared to compete in an interdisciplinary environment, attract the best and brightest students from around the world, and enhance the overall quality of graduate education.

Stakeholders from the government, higher education, and business sectors discussed the implications of the report on their respective fields. Several members of Congress, including Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), shared their insights on the report and recent efforts in Congress to strengthen American innovation.

Summing up the forum, CGS President Dr. Debra Stewart said, “I urge all stakeholders to act upon the reports’ recommendations soon. Graduate education is a vital part of the U.S. education system and must be strengthened.”


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