It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to the readership of our first e-news for the Graduate College at Western Michigan University. In May of 2012, I was honored to be named Dean of the college (story) and am excited about helping to shape the future of learner centered, discovery driven, globally engaged graduate education at WMU.
As you know, graduate education is pivotal to our classification as a research university and ranking in national publications. The Graduate College and its staff serve as a hub for professional development opportunities and support services for graduate students as well as the gatekeeper of policies and procedures that ensure quality and excellence.
For the upcoming year, the staff and I have set a number of goals to enhance our services in support of graduate education at WMU. One goal includes increased outreach and communication to all our constituents. In addition to the e-news, we are excited to partner with the Graduate Student Advisory Committee to begin our Graduate Student Ambassador program that will help us to engage more with our current graduate student body as well as potential future graduate students and our alumni. We will be looking for ways to increase support for our students in their teaching, research and scholarship and global engagement. We will be seeking new ways to provide financial assistance for graduate students, in particular for critical times in their degree programs such as thesis or dissertation completion or when faced with devastating life occurrences.
We are excited about the possibilities and welcome your input and support aswe move graduate education forward at WMU.
Susan R. Stapleton, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate College