GWU Celebrates Graduate Education Week

Statewide Event Includes Meeting with N.C. Legislators in Raleigh

GWU Celebrates Graduate Education Week

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 13-17 as Graduate Education Week and May 15 as Graduate Education Day in North Carolina. On that day, three graduate students from Gardner-Webb University will join other graduate students from across the state to meet with their legislators in Raleigh, N.C.

The annual celebration is sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools (NCCGS). The council includes Gardner-Webb and 21 other campuses and offers more than 800 master’s, doctoral and first professional degree programs in a variety of fields.

The three students attending from Gardner-Webb were nominated and chosen by a selection committee. They are:

• Beverly Rosen, of Charlotte, N.C., a Doctor of Business Administration student in accounting, who has specific research interests in sustainability reporting.

• Candace Butler, also of Charlotte, a Doctor of Education candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, who has specific research interests in African American males and education.

• Danielle McCaslin, of Raleigh, N.C., a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership student in Curriculum and Instruction, who has specific research interests in project-based learning to support struggling readers in secondary core classes.

The GWU contingent will attend a program on civics and network with other graduate students. They are scheduled to meet with Sen. Ted Alexander, Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Speaker Tim Moore and Rep. Kelly Hastings.

Dr. Sydney Brown, dean of the GWU Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies and professor of education, said the students have identified several issues they want to advocate for while speaking to the representatives. These topics include: offering financial support for graduate students; opening avenues for flexible online and hybrid degree programs; encouraging graduate students to share research; and reinstituting increased pay for advanced degrees in public instruction.

Learn more about the graduate studies at Gardner-Webb