UNC Charlotte continues to strengthen its reputation as an urban research institution. The growth of the University’s graduate programs is designed to meet the need for advanced education in the Charlotte region. Currently, the Graduate School offers 18 doctoral programs and 62 master’s degree programs. For the fall, graduate enrollment tops 5,300 students, which is more than 20 percent of the student population. All this growth in graduate education demands attention – decidedly different than that given to the undergraduate population. To respond, the University has created the Center for Graduate Life (CGL).
Graduate School officials “believe the CGL has the potential to expand the intellectual exchange among graduate students. This type of educational interaction is increasingly important to graduate students as they strive to develop their skills and understand the global marketplace.”
Housed in the Cone University Center, the CGL is dedicated to the needs of graduate students. The center and its personnel support the professional development of graduate students through workshops and classes in writing, public speaking, teaching and research techniques. In addition, CGL administrators are available to provide ombudsman services, advice and guidance to students.
Through its dedicated space, the CGL also will offer classes and service to support students with nonacademic aspects of their lives. These offerings include morning yoga, evening coffees and book clubs. Graduate students can gather, meet and collaborate in a space of their own, which includes access to computers, printers, a copier, research and grant writing resources, board games and a plasma TV.
Research indicates that graduate students achieve greater satisfaction with their education due to resources such as those found in the Center for Graduate Life. Studies also suggest that professional development programs, such as the ones offered in the CGL, promote greater persistence and improve graduation rates among graduate students. As UNC Charlotte adds more doctoral and master’s students, retaining them through graduation becomes even more important. The CGL is an additional resource to support budding researchers, academics and professionals.
The CGL is open until 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday, specifically to meet the needs of part-time graduate students. Friday hours are 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit the Center for Graduate Life Web site for the latest news and information.