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Loyola University Chicago Graduate School Wins
Excellence and Innovation Award

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Honors Loyola’s Humanities Proposal

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School was presented with the 2013 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize, and reward excellence and innovation in domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level.

The winning proposal, Mastering the Humanities, examines effective ways to grow, diversify, and sustain humanities education – a pillar of Jesuit education – with the ultimate goal of maximizing career outcomes for graduate students in the humanities.

“We are excited and honored to be the 2013 recipient of this prestigious award. I would like to extend my thanks to MAGS and Educational Testing Service (ETS) for sponsoring the award, and to members of the Awards Selection Committee for their diligent and dedicated work,” said Dr. Samuel Attoh, dean of Loyola’s Graduate School. “The award will go a long way in helping us identify effective strategies for improving the career prospects of our humanities students. I would also like to thank our hard working staff, particularly Pat Mooney-Melvin and Susan Clarke for putting this proposal together.”

The award, comprising of a $2,500 grant, is sponsored by ETS and MAGS. The grant will be used to collect and analyze data pertaining to students’ experiences with career pathways and gauge the faculty’s ability to integrate disciplinary training with career pathways, transferable skills, and curricular design. The Graduate School plans to create a Graduate Student Humanities Institute that will provide a venue for programming and activities designed to: explore the importance of humanities in contemporary life, provide workshops and mentoring opportunities that prepare humanities students for multiple career pathways, encourage interdisciplinary efforts involving humanities faculty and students in collaborative research, and house a post-doctoral teaching fellows program.

About Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools
The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools. MAGS member colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education in the central U.S. that offer graduate programs leading to masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. According to our Constitution, MAGS shall have as its primary purpose the consideration of mutual problems among the member institutions, relating to graduate studies and research. It will cooperate with other agencies for this purpose by dissemination of information, improvement of standards, encouragement of research, and assistance to institutions embarking on graduate programs.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

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