CSGS/ETS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) jointly sponsor this annual award given to a CSGS member school in recognition of outstanding contributions in practices from graduate admissions through degree completion.


To encourage, recognize and reward excellence and innovation in domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level. Applications may relate to any facet of the graduate education process, including outreach, recruitment, selection and admission, retention, and degree attainment. For example:

  • increasing the diversity of applicants to graduate programs including the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  • using technology to communicate with and attract prospective applicants in new and effective ways
  • increasing the number of international students who seek an education at your institution
  • demonstrating success in enhancing the quality of the entering class
  • improving retention of students in your programs
  • programmatic efforts to improve degree completion

Eligibility Requirements

Any CSGS member institution or graduate program within a CSGS member institution is eligible for the award. Only one application will be accepted from a given graduate school. The internal institutional selection processes are the responsibility of the Dean of the Graduate School or comparable official.

Award Value

Awarded annually, each award consists of:

  • a certificate of award
  • a $2,500 award to the winning graduate program or school for graduate recruitment, admissions or retention programs
  • public recognition at the annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

Award Recipients

CSGS/ETS Award Recipients
Year Academic Institution Winning Submission
2014–2015 Auburn University Programs to Recruit, Enroll and Retain Latino Students as well as Women in the STEM Disciplines
2013–2014 University of Louisville Alternative Academics and Scholars in the Workplace: Preparing Graduate Students for Diverse Career Options
2012–2013 University of South Carolina Presidential Fellowship program
2011–2012 Auburn University, Department of Kinesiology Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Graduate Recruitment Visitation Program
2010–2011 University of Georgia CONNECT – Interactive Database for Prospective Students
2009–2010 University of Central Florida Data Mining, Predictive Modeling, and Recruiting Targets at UCF
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