Out of a desire to ensure a first-tier position in the emerging knowledge-based economy, representatives from Virginia’s colleges and universities came together to form the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools. The council’s initial goal of outlining the role of graduate education in Virginia’s economic and social prosperity resulted in the Graduate Education in Virginia [PDF] report.
As graduate education becomes an increasing necessity for entry into many professional fields, the council continues to build awareness of the benefits of higher education, including reduced unemployment and increased income. In addition, the majority of graduate students in Virginia remain in the state, contributing to the state’s workforce, taxes and economy. The council’s annual Graduate Student Research Forum is also an opportunity to present current graduate research that adds to economic, social and civic development in Virginia.