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Tips to Finetune Your Focus on Graduate Education at the WAGS Annual Meeting

Thanks to a unique convergence of forces — including a robust job market, increased competition from new programs and fewer international applications — graduate education is at a crossroads.

Does your institution have a clear view of the journey ahead and know which way to turn next? Will applicants follow?

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS), which takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 8–11, will help you answer those questions by exploring the timely theme, “2020 Vision — Seeing Graduate Education Clearly.”

Visualize — and achieve — enrollment goals

Liaison’s admissions and marketing experts will be there to offer their vision, and we hope to hear from you, too. With the knowledge gained by helping more than 31,000 programs do a better job of identifying, engaging and enrolling prospective students, Liaison knows what it takes to navigate the path to admissions and class-building success.

If you haven’t already done so, set aside time in your schedule to join us at two sessions hosted by Liaison:

  • The Best Practices of a Truly Diversified Graduate Campus, from Admissions to Student Services (March 9 at 10:30 a.m. )
  • What Do Fewer International Students Mean for the Future of Graduate Education? (March 10 at 3:45 p.m.)

The unifying theme of the sessions is an exploration of how shifting demographics are impacting western graduate schools, and how institutions can take advantage of new technologies to see emerging trends clearly in order to respond more effectively.

Set your sights on success

For example, Robert will share research from Liaison’s International Student Report about the challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting and enrolling some of the best students the world has to offer. He’ll also explain how a Centralized Application Service (CASTM) increases your institution’s marketing presence and expands applicant pools — while simultaneously streamlining admissions office workflows and communications initiatives.

If, for some reason, you can’t make it to one of those sessions please drop by the Liaison booth in the Exhibition area to say hello and let us know how your institution is focusing on its most important graduate education priorities. We’ll also be sponsoring a breakfast gathering (Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30), so please feel free to join us. We hope to see you there.

You can learn more about the WAGS Annual Meeting here.