About VCGS

The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools is a consortium of fourteen public universities striving to make Virginia number one in the emerging knowledge-based economy.

As graduate education becomes increasingly important for entry into many professional fields, the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools (VCGS) builds awareness of the benefits of post-graduate  education for both our students and for the Commonwealth as a whole.  Upon graduation, the majority of Virginia’s graduate students remain in-state, providing the highly educated, and skilled workforce necessary to fuel continued success and economic growth.

In 1999 representatives from Virginia’s public colleges and universities came together to outline the role of graduate education in the Commonwealth’s economic and social prosperity. Two outcomes of this effort, the seminal report, Graduate Education in Virginia, and the formation of what is now known as VCGS have changed the nature of graduate education in our state.

VCGS sponsors numerous initiatives for the betterment of graduate education throughout the state. The council’s annual Graduate Student Research Forum provides an opportunity to present current graduate student research that contributes to the economic, social, and civic development of Virginia. VCGS also has taken on a more collaborative role with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Instructional Programs Advisory Committee (IPAC). It consults regularly with these and other public and private organizations on policies that affect graduate education.