Graduate School Unit Annual Reports
The Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress Office provides assistance to over 10,000 applicants and more than 6,800 enrolled students annually. We work directly with 90+ academic units across campus to process admission applications and support enrolled student’s progress to degree including plan of study review and approval, preliminary and review and approval, degree final examination scheduling, electronic thesis/dissertation awarding, and mailing of diplomas.
Associate Deans assist with the academic affairs serving the VT graduate community.
The Virginia Tech Graduate School launched three child-care focused programs for graduate and undergraduate students in January 2014 associated with the university’s commitment to a work-life friendly atmosphere.
The programs comprise a parents-cooperative play group for children ages 2-5, a parent support group, and a babysitting clearinghouse.
In addition to supporting and managing the Graduate School’s initiatives, the Office works with other university units and the surrounding community on efforts to increase availability of quality child care in the Blacksburg and the region.
The Office of Communications manages a comprehensive communications program supporting the Graduate School and graduate education at all Virginia Tech campus locations. The Communications Manager oversees the Graduate School’s website, blogs, print materials and social media efforts, and supports inclusion and diversity initiatives and graduate student recruitment.
The Office of Finance and Administration is responsible for coordinating human resources, financial resources and facilities’ operations across academic, research, and student service programs. The office provides a coordinated and integrated approach to resource management, and collaborates with other university offices to support the Graduate School’s program areas.
The office also manages the funding of Graduate School-supported fellowships and assistantships for outstanding and need-based students.
The IT team in the Graduate School provides development and support for Graduate School workstations, servers, Graduate Life Center technology, and Student Information Systems used by the university in general. We serve as the university Graduate Student Systems liaison with the myriad of Central IT(CIT) units such as Identity Management Services(IMS), all of the Banner teams, and Communications Network Services(CNS). As such, we work with various units to identify and outline needs and work with the appropriate CIT units to create or find a solution they can provide.
Interdisciplinary graduate education has been a focus of the Graduate School for more than 10 years. Efforts have been devoted to strengthening the existing programs (e.g., GBCB, Macro) and supporting the development of new degrees (e.g., ASPECT, Geospatial & Environmental Analysis, SBES and an individualized interdisciplinary PhD program). Associate Dean Amy Pruden managed the Interdisciplinary programs through 2017.
The Office's mission is to provide campus leadership in collaboration with academic departments and colleges in developing, implementing, and operating events and activities that are designed to recruit and assist underrepresented students’ personal development, academic achievement, and graduation.
The Graduate Student Services Office provides services that contribute to the professional and personal development of graduate students and enhance their quality of life while at Virginia Tech. We support a vibrant graduate community and culture through a variety of events and programs and work closely with other university offices to ensure that their services fit graduate students’ needs.
The Northern Virginia Center (NVC), located in Falls Church, is the headquarters for graduate education in the National Capital Region (NCR), and is home to programs from the Pamplin College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Kenneth Wong serves as Associate Dean for graduate education in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Director of the Northern Virginia Center (NVC).