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1 #IsGradSchool4Me Presented by Texas Iota Chapter Texas State University Alpha Chi National Convention 2014

2 Session Overview How can Alpha Chi Chapters help their members answer #IsGradSchool4Me Examples from Texas Iota Chapter Suggestions from students’ perspective Survey of other Chapters Group brainstorming session Wrap-up

3 Are Your Members Thinking About Graduate School Are they asking: Why would I attend? How does graduate school differ from my undergraduate education? How do I choose a program? How do I apply? How do I finance my education? Will there be a return on my investment?

4 How Can Alpha Chi Chapters Help Texas Iota hosts annual scholarly events –Small-scale –Large-scale Send invitation to undergraduate students –Alpha Chi members –Juniors & seniors with 3.0 or higher GPA –Honors College students –All undergraduates Campus newspaper advertisement Fliers

5 Is Graduate School the Next Step Reasons to attend: –Increased earning power –Gain qualifications for employment –Desire to expand knowledge –Contributions in research –Love of the subject –Personal achievement

6 How Does Graduate School Differ from Undergraduate Studies

7 Selecting a Graduate Program Identify your goals then find the right graduate school for you –Know what you want to study –Discuss programs with current faculty and peers –Search the web Ask yourself –Does it fit my goals? –Do I think I will be accepted? –Relocation – am I willing? –Cost – can I afford it?

8 Application Process Determine what is required for application –Transcripts (GPA) –GRE scores –Personal statement –CV –Letters of recommendation –Commitment from faculty member to serve as research advisor Determine all deadlines –application, scholarships, financial aid, request for assistantship Make application competitive Submit application materials Follow-up

9 Now That You’ve Been Accepted Evaluate the offer –Financial support and benefits Type of assistantship and time commitment for employment Scholarships –Tuition Out-of-state tuition –Cost of living

10 Financing Graduate Education Master’s students: –44% student loans –26% employer support –18% assistantship/fellowship Average $7,600 Ph.D. students: –32% student loans –77% assistantship/fellowship Average $11,600 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2008

11 Trends in Financial Debt Students with No Debt at Graduation: –42% Master’s and 45% Ph.D. Students with Debt at Graduation: –Master’s students: $40,208 average total debt –Ph.D. students: $58,967 average total debt National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2008

12 Return on Investment Job Market Projections –22% increase in jobs requiring Master’s degree –20% increase in jobs requiring Ph.D. degree Earning Power –Increases in lifetime earnings: For those with Master’s degrees –18% increase over a bachelor’s degree For those with Ph.D. degrees –43% increase over a bachelor’s degree The College Payoff: Education, Occupation, Lifetime Earnings. A.P. Carnevale, et al Council of Graduate Schools, 2012.

13 Return on Investment GradSense website (www.gradsense.org) Compares median debt accrued by people pursuing specific degrees & median salaries earned by people in professions with those degrees Ph.D. in biological sciences and working as a postsecondary teacher (life sciences field) –Median debt = $35,114 –Median annual salary = $80,250 Ph.D. in arts and humanities and working as a postsecondary teacher (non-STEM field) –Median debt = $60,000 –Median annual salary = $63,130

14 What’s It Really Like? Hear from “real” graduate students

15 Panel of Graduate Students

16 Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness Cultivates a common intellectual conversation across the campus Enhances student participation in the intellectual life of the campus Fosters a sense of community across our entire campus and extended community

17 Where Can Your Mind Take You? Received a mini-grant of $400 for event Provided opportunity to learn about graduate programs in mental health 80 undergraduates attended

18 Graduate Programs Event Panel discussion by graduate faculty

19 Graduate Programs Represented –College of Applied Arts Criminal Justice Family & Child Studies Social Work –College of Education Recreation & Leisure Services–Therapeutic Recreation Professional Counseling School Psychology Special Education –College of Liberal Arts Applied Sociology and Sociology Psychological Research

20 Graduate Programs Event Social to meet faculty and graduate students

21 Graduate Programs Event Door prizes given away

22 On Their Minds

23 Undergraduate Poll Topics of Interest Applying for graduate school (n=21) Applying for scholarships/funding grad school (n=11) What’s grad school like (classes, writing, research, how to transition) (n=11) Preparing for the GRE (n=9) Selecting the program with the best fit (n=4) Time management & life balance (n=4) Mentoring programs (n=2)

24 Undergraduate Poll Events of Interest Socials to meet graduate faculty & graduate students (n=6) Meet alumni to learn about experiences on the job (n=1) Meet employers in the field (n=1) Job fairs (n=1) Panel for Q&A (n=1) Presentations in upper division classes (n=1) Sessions targeting freshman to become aware earlier (n=1)

25 Survey of Chapters Sent survey to 327 Chapter Sponsors Survey consisted of five program questions Identified Region and whether the institution was public or private

26 Chapter Survey Results Sent survey to 327 Chapter Sponsors –39 responded (12% response rate) –Flaw in survey may have prevented some responses Identified Region and whether the institution was public or private –I (4); II (3); III (15); IV (6); V (3); VI (3); VII (3) –32 Private –7 Public

27 Does your Alpha Chi Chapter currently offer any programs for undergraduate students interested in attending graduate school?

28 If you do offer programs, what is the approximate number of undergraduates that typically attend a program?

29 If you do offer programs, do you partner with any of the following offices on campus to help with the program?

30 If your chapter does offer programs, please indicate the topics you cover

31 Group Brainstorming Session What kinds of activities does your Chapter currently offer to prepare undergraduates for graduate school? What ideas for new programs have you developed by attending this session? What partnerships might you form on your campus to assist in offering programs? What partnerships might you form with nearby campuses to assist in offering programs? How might you seek funding for programs?

32 Session Wrap-up


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