Final Report of the Implementation Task Force for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education (the ITF)

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to transmit the final report of the Implementation Task Force for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education (the ITF).

This task force, composed of senate and administration and graduate student members and co-chaired by Dard Neuman, Don Smith, with sub-committee co-chairs Lissa Caldwell, and Garrett Naiman, over the past year took on the important task of developing plans and recommendations to implement the recommendations of the Joint Working Group for Graduate Education. This included working with Graduate Division, academic divisions, and Budget Analysis and Planning staff to compile and analyze data related to graduate support, student well-being, and academic success. The ITF Steering Committee was instrumental in providing input and guidance to the ITF.

The ITF report and recommendations look at the entirety of graduate education and graduate student support and well-being, including recommendations and significant resources that fall across multiple units, including the departments, PIs, the Graduate Division, academic divisions, and the central administration.

The Graduate Division is committed to supporting the ITF recommendations on several levels, including (1) coordinating the annual updating process for the Graduate Student Support Model and Planning Tool, (2) developing a Graduate Division funding model for Student Success and Inclusive Excellence, and (3) promoting student well-being and success via enhanced mentoring and professional development.

We are committed to enhancing the success of our graduate students and we will be working over the coming months to engage the broader campus community with implementation plans to achieve these important goals.

I would like to thank Don Smith and Dard Neuman and all the other task force members for their hard work and dedication to graduate education.

All the best,

Peter Biehl
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies