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October 9, 2012

Graduate Recruiting Toolkit encourages higher quality and diverse student recruitment

Guidelines and resources established to boost recruitment process

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies has created a Graduate Recruiting Toolkit for USU academic departments to help faculty implement best practices in recruiting high quality and diverse graduate students.

“We hope there will be an increase in the overall quality of USU students,” said Jeff Broadbent, associate vice president for research and associate dean of graduate studies. “We would like to grow our numbers, but more importantly, we should aim for a bigger share of really, really outstanding graduate students."

The Graduate Recruiting Tool is located on the School of Graduate Studies website and is divided into three sections:

  • A summary of best practice recommendations that have been collected from other universities
  • Resources to assist faculty in implementing best practices, such as recruiting grants and recruitment brochure templates
  • Examples of best practices that have been implemented by various departments at USU. 

One of the resources that the graduate school offers is a recruitment grant for up to $1500. “If departments are interested in applying for a recruiting grant, we will ask that they tell us how the recruitment activities that they propose to do align with the five-year plans that they have put forward to improve their graduate programs,” said Broadbent. “A lot of work has been put into conducting the graduate program review, so we want to help departments keep an eye on the objectives outlined in the plans and use recruitment as part of meeting those objectives.”

To explore the toolkit and learn more about its resources, please visit graduateschool/htm/faculty-resources/graduate-recruitment-toolkit.

- Nadiah Johari

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