The Symposium will provide a forum to analyze responses from the new SERU Graduate Student Experience Survey (gradSERU), to discuss further development of the survey instrument, the challenges faced by top research universities to improve the graduate experience and to be competitive for talent globally, and recruitment and expansion of the network of gradSERU campuses. 

Program and Speakers

(as of September 28, 2018 - program subject to change.)

gradSERU Research Symposium Program (PDF)

DAY 1 – Thursday, October 4

10:00 – 10:15       Welcome, Introductions and Symposium Goals

                               Wilhelm Krull (Secretary General VW Stiftung)

                               John Aubrey Douglass (SERU Founding PI, CSHE UC Berkeley)

10:15 – 10:45       Why Industry Cares About Doctoral Education - Jürgen Leohold (Director of the AutoUni)

10:45 – 11:45       Panel – Graduate Education: Global Markets and the Competition for Talent

                               Chair: Marijk van der Wende (Professor of Higher Education Systems, Utrecht University)

                               David Bogle (University College London, LERU Doctoral Education Group)

                Hongjie Chen (Peking University)

                Erika Kothe (Uniwind and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)                                    

11:45 – 12:00        Break

12:00 – 13:00        Keynote - Torn Between Two Worlds? Some Reflections on the Tension Between Doctoral Education and Research Training - Wilhelm Krull (Secretary General VW Stiftung)

13:00 – 14:30        Lunch

14:30 – 16:15        US/Canada University - Reforms and Challenges for Graduate Education

Chair: Scott Lanyon (Vice Provost and Dean Graduate Education, University of Minnesota)

-What We Know About the Contemporary Graduate Student Experience - Scott Lanyon

-gradSERU Results – a Preliminary Analysis - Daniel Jones-White (University of Minnesota)

               Roundtable – Invited Participants:

               University of Toronto - Luc De Nil - Acting Dean of Graduate Studies

Michigan State University - Thomas Jeitschko - Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Education

                               University of Iowa – Wayne Jacobs – Director Office of Assessment

University of Delaware – Rosalind Johnson – Assistant Dean Office of Graduate and Professional Education

                               University of California San Diego – Erin Espaldon – Senior Analyst Academic Affairs

                               Rutgers University – Victoria Porterfield – Research Project Manager - Institutional Research and Academic Planning

                               University of Pittsburgh – Chelsea Kluczkowski – Data Analyst – Office of the Provost

16:15 – 16:45        Break                          

16:45 – 17:45        A Student Panel – Is Doctoral Education Fit for Purpose?

                               Chair: Igor Chirikov (Higher School of Economics Vice Rector and SERU-I Managing Director, CSHE UC Berkeley)

Participants: Martin Oellers (Universität Bremen), Dafna Burema (Universität Bremen), Saule Bekova (HSE University Moscow), Irina Shcheglova (HSE University Moscow), Kristina Schneider (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

18:15                     Symposium Dinner

DAY 2 – Friday, October 5

9:00 – 10:15          Exploring Career Outcomes of Ph.D. Graduates

                                Chair: Katrien Maes Deputy Secretary-General League of European Research Universities

-What Do We Know about Ph.D. Career Outcomes in the US – Maresi Nerad (University of Washington)

-Student Outcomes – The German Panel Study - Choni Flöther (International Centre for Higher Education Research, Kassel Universitat)

10:15 – 10:30         Break

10:30 – 12:00        Europe: Reforms and Challenges for Graduate Education

                                Chair and Comments: Andreas Breiter – (Vice President for Research Universität Bremen)

-gradSERU Results – a Preliminary Analysis – Igor Chirikov (Higher School of Economics Vice Rector and SERU-I Managing Director, CSHE UC Berkeley)

                               Invited Campus Representatives:

Utrecht University - Dieuwertje ten Brinke (Research Policy Advisor, Academic Affairs)

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen - Andrea D. Bührmann (Vice President)

Universität Bremen - Andreas Breiter (Vice President for Research)

Lund University - Mats Benner (Professor Department of Business Administration)

12:00 – 13:15        Lunch

13:15 – 14:30       Panel – Reforms and Challenges for Graduate Education in Asia and Oceania

Chair: Igor Chirikov (Higher School of Economics Vice Rector and SERU-I Managing Director, CSHE UC Berkeley)

Osaka University (Japan) - Tatsuo Kawashima (Director and Professor of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Global Admissions)

Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand) - Leon Bakker (Director Planning and Management Information)

Peking University (China) - Hongjie Chen (Professor, Graduate School of Education)

14:30 – 14:40       Symposium Summary and Conclusions

14:40 – 14:50       Break

14:50 – 16:00       gradSERU Business Meeting - SERU Campus Representatives

                                Data Analysis and Reports

gradSERU Design and Content Workgroup Launch

Data Collection and Sharing