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The Path Forward discusses the essential role of graduate education in producing a highly skilled workforce in the United States. In order to secure American innovation and competitiveness in the 21st century, graduate school must remain a viable option for a growing number of Americans.

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The Commission on the Future of Graduate Education

The Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States is a joint effort of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). It was charged with overseeing a research effort to examine the political, demographic, socioeconomic, educational, and financial trends that impact participation in graduate education. The assumption underlying this work was that the global competitiveness of the United States and capacity for innovation hinges fundamentally on a strong system of graduate education. The 18-member Commission includes university presidents, graduate deans, provosts, industry leaders, and higher education scholars. The Commission guided the development of a report outlining the research findings and recommendations to universities, industry, and policymakers, and will seek to create a national conversation on how to increase graduate degree attainment by all segments of the country's population.

The Commission's report was released on April 29, 2010, at a forum at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.