MAGS/ETS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) jointly sponsor this annual award given to a MAGS 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 MAGS member institution or graduate program within a MAGS 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 first place winning graduate program or school for graduate recruitment, admissions or retention programs
  • public recognition at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools

In addition, MAGS will fund awards for second place at $500 and for third place at $250.

Award Recipients

MAGS/ETS Award Recipients
Year Academic Institution Winning Submission
2014–2015 University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project (RCP)
2013–2014 Miami University The Dublin School Leadership Program
2012–2013 Loyola University, Chicago Mastering The Humanities: Growing, Diversifying, and Sustaining Humanities Education
2011–2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Transforming the Illinois Graduate Education Pathway
2010–2011 Eastern Illinois University First Choice Graduate Programs Initiative
2009–2010 University of Missouri Increasing Enrollment of Vietnamese Graduate Students at the University of Missouri
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