Maureen Grasso, Dean of the University of Georgia (UGA) Graduate School, has engaged the UGA graduate community in a strategic assessment of graduate education addressing the challenges of innovation, interdisciplinarity, inclusiveness and doctoral completion. Her work has led to the implementation of recommendations to enhance innovation and inclusiveness in graduate education. Grasso led UGA in the most comprehensive assessment of doctoral completion and attrition involving all doctoral and master's programs. Her work in this area has resulted in significant policy and program-level changes resulting in higher completion rates. Grasso is overseeing the creation of a secure, centralized database of placement information within the Graduate School for recipients of graduate degrees, which will be updated on an annual basis and maintain a five-year history for each graduate.
Grasso is a textile scientist who has served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as a division head at the University of Texas at Austin. She also is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
She holds a B.S. from Utah State University, an M.S. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers
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See also the 2010 report: