November 2019
Greetings from the Graduate College:
Dr. Jennifer Waldron, Graduate College Dean
I had the opportunity to meet with a group of 1st year graduate students and asked them about how they learned about and why they chose UNI for their graduate education. What emerged is that timely and helpful communication from faculty and staff was a primary reason students chose UNI. Through these communications, prospective students felt that they were special and would be cared for in their graduate program.
We know, that once students arrive on campus they value the education they receive. Responses from the 2018-2019 University of Northern Iowa Graduate Program Survey show that 88% of graduates strongly agreed or agreed that they received a high quality graduate education from UNI. Let’s help students make the decision to apply to UNI through our communication.
Returning emails, answering questions, and connecting with students is one of the most effective ways we can recruit prospective students to UNI. Personalized communication shows students how attending graduate school at UNI can fuel their passions through high-quality, personalized education at an exceptional value. You can also share the successes of current students, alums, and faculty. Prospective students relate to these stories and perhaps can imagine themselves in similar circumstances. Finally, add a call to action in your communication by adding the next step students need to take to apply or to commit.
Hot off the Press
  • Starting Wednesday, November 13, graduate students who have been denied admission to a graduate program through GARP will be sent an automated communication.
  • Reminder that there is an automated communication when students are accepted into a graduate program.
  • The Grad College website has an active Request for Information (RFI). As of right now, staff in the Grad College are responding to inquiries about residential programs and cc'ing grad program coordinators and secretary's. Staff in Continuing and Distance Education are responding to inquiries about distance programs. We appreciate follow-up with prospective students.
  • Feel free to contact members of the GARP Advisory Board (Gabi Olivares, Dale Cyphert, Jennifer Garrett) with ideas for improving the system.
Award Application
  1. Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
    • Nominations due by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
  2. Distinguished Scholar Award
    • Nominations due by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
  3. James F. Lubker Research Award (faculty research/creative activity)
    • Head Nominations due by Friday October 25, 2019 by 4:30 p.m. Following consultation with College Senate, Dean sends a form with a maximum of two nominees (CHAS-four; COE-2, CSBS-2, CBA-2 if possible) and the name of the college representative selected for the award committee to the Graduate College.
    • Deans Nominations to Graduate College by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
  1. Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series
    • Wednesday, November 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Rod Library 287
      Dr. Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, Professor of Applied Human Sciences and Dr. Kathleen Scholl, Professor of Health, Recreation & Community Services Student Wellness and Campus Green Spaces
  2. Graduate Program Coordinator meetings
    • Wednesday, February 12, from 3:30-4:25 p.m. in ScholarSpace (GA’s)
    • Friday, February 14, from Noon-12:55 p.m. in ScholarSpace (GA’s)
Tip of the Month


Did you know that the Graduate College has swag that you can bring on your next recruitment trip? Use this form to request swag, bookmarks, table cloths, or other things.


Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs
Kudos to the recruitment efforts of the Postecondary Education: Student Affairs program. They held a Preview Day on October 4th. This was advertised through social media and email channels to prospective students and also to current students, alumni of the program, and current student affairs professionals at UNI to pass on to prospective students whom they may know. Through interactions with current students, alumni of the program, student affairs professionals, and academic leaders on campus, the students were able to understand what their program could be like. If prospective students cannot make any of these events, Schmiddy also meets individually with students either in person or via zoom to those candidates for whom travel to Cedar Falls is not feasible.


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