Resources for Faculty and Staff

Best Practices

The Graduate College provides information on best practices to enrich the graduate experience for students and faculty.

How to practice different forms of gratefulness

The season of giving is here! There are various ways to give thanks, from cooking with a loved one, establishing a meditation practice or sending a card. Here's how to express more gratitude in your life!

Best Practice: Graduate College Dashboard Questions

The Graduate College Dashboard is a collection of interactive, visual tools that deliver insights into graduate student enrollment, degree resources and program trends to leadership data. The questions below are meant to be used as a guide for leaders to analyze program priorities, performance, assets and needs. Ultimately, we hope that use of these data collection will inform admissions, enrollment and retention strategies as well as program development.

Navigating Classroom Conflict: Cultural Insensitivity

At Arizona State University, we pride ourselves on being an institution diverse in population and inclusive to all. Our aim is to provide a forum for the intellectual, personal, social and ethical development of our students. 

Because we are an institution that serves students from many backgrounds, beliefs and value systems, it’s important to know how to appropriately and safely de-escalate conflicts in the classroom and advocate for the emotional wellbeing and safety of all students. 

Best practice: Developing resilience and overcoming imposter syndrome

In today's academic and career environments, graduate students face a great deal of stress, both from external sources (faculty committees, academic chairs, lab supervisors) and internal ones (the pressure to achieve, need to live up to expectations). Under this barrage of expectations, nearly every graduate student will face what’s called imposter syndrome at some point in their academic career.

Best practice: Maintaining academic and research integrity at ASU

As an ASU graduate student, it’s your responsibility to help protect yourself and the ASU community from academic and research integrity violations. But this can be challenging, as standards for what counts as common knowledge, conventions of collaboration and norms for proper crediting of sources can vary from educational system to educational system around the world.

Best practice: How to establish a concurrent Master's degree proposal

Concurrent programs are a way for units to link two graduate programs that may not otherwise be connected, offering students the opportunity to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time. Concurrent programs are a way for units to link two graduate programs that may not otherwise be connected, offering students the opportunity to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time.

Best Practice: 9 tips for getting the most out of the iPOS

The Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS) allows graduate students to plan and navigate their degree program through graduation, including the selection of their committee. Graduate advisors and faculty can help students progress to program completion by using the iPOS for monitoring student progress and communication. This best practice guide provides nine tips for getting the most out of the iPOS system.  

Best Practice: How to create an International Accelerated Degree Program (IADP)

What is an IADP?
Arizona State University (ASU) works with leading international partner universities to develop collaborative-degree programs like IADPs; a collaborative degree program in which students spend time studying at both universities, following an accelerated curricular path to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

Best practice: The peer mentor's role

Do’s and don’ts of mentoring

To be a strong mentor and lead intentional conversations with your mentee, you may take on many roles: teacher, consultant, sounding board, confidant, role model, devil’s advocate, or coach.

Best Practice: Making the peer mentoring connection

Graduate school is designed to challenge and expose students to multiple perspectives. It can represent a paradigm shift for many new students acclimating to new programs, departments, and communities. Achieving work-life balance, developing and maintaining relationships are stressors that can become barriers to academic success. Having positive mentoring relationships can help you navigate these challenges.