Patricia Gumport, vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, reporting to the Faculty Senate about the growth in graduate student enrollment and the financial challenges posed by graduate education. (Image credit: Kate Chesley)

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Patricia J. Gumport gave her annual report Thursday to the Faculty Senate, focusing on some of the progress made and challenges ahead in the areas of enrollment, diversity, affordability and academic advising for Stanford’s 9,400 graduate students and 2,300 postdoctoral scholars.

At the meeting, the senate also voted to approve a policy proposal that formalizes the departmental role of director of graduate studies (DGS). The DGS is a faculty member from a student’s department or program who serves as a liaison between

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