Benefits of NAGAP Membership
Membership in NAGAP provides an opportunity to network with professional colleagues at all sizes and types of institutions: large and small, public and private, secular and non-secular.
The annual conference, electronic mailing list (listserve), professional development institutes, membership directory, and Perspectives, all help facilitate communication among members.
Scheduled each spring, this three-day conference brings new and experienced members from across the country together with leading professionals in the fields of graduate admissions and graduate education. The annual conference encourages professional excellence, facilitates networking among the membership, provides both practical and problem solving sessions, and helps to define the future direction of graduate admissions. Session topics often include marketing/recruiting strategies, technological innovations, demographic change, legal issues, and best practices in graduate admissions. The host city changes each year to permit members a greater opportunity to attend a national conference.
Graduate Fairs Calendar
The Graduate Fairs Calendar is an invaluable source of recruitment information for members of NAGAP. The only compilation of its kind, the calendar is available at the NAGAP web site to all active members, and lists graduate school fairs chronologically and geographically.
NAGAP Electronic Mailing List (Listserve)
The electronic mailing list provides members and those with an interest in graduate admissions/education issues a timely forum to share ideas and observations about the day-to-day activities affecting the profession. Job announcements and conference information are also posted for members to receive the latest information about ongoing activities in the field.
Professional Development Institutes
NAGAP's professional development institutes provide opportunities for members to learn and grow in the area of graduate admissions. NAGAP currently offers three levels of professional development institutes. The first is for new graduate admission professionals. The second is an advanced level institute designed for professionals who have been in graduate admissions for more than three years. The third, an executive level institute, focuses in-depth on topics relevant to deans, directors and administrators who are responsible for graduate admissions.
Published quarterly, Perspectives provides members with timely and professional information and the opportunity to share their views in print on a variety of topics. Issues regularly contain articles on current events in the field of law, government, research and education that impact graduate students and graduate admissions professionals.
The electronic newsletter contains up-to-the-minute news and information. There are also regular features on upcoming events and job openings in graduate admissions.
Research and National Issues
NAGAP's Research and National Issues Committee conducts and sponsors research in a continuing effort to provide relevant comparative data on both professionally related activities and graduate school policies and requirements. Recent studies that have been shared with members focused on such areas as job responsibilities and salaries, the use of the Internet in graduate admissions, and best practices in graduate admissions. This committee also provides articles and studies about current national issues and concerns related to recruitment and admission, enrollment trends, legislative initiatives, and regional, state, and local activities.
The online directory is an important tool for networking and information sharing among members.