The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools will host its annual conference Thursday to Friday, April 19-20, 2018, at the Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Macon, Georgia.
The theme of this year’s conference, broadly conceived, is Turning Challenges into Opportunities in Graduate Education. We invite proposals for presentations, sessions, and/or panel discussions that appeal to graduate studies faculty, staff, and/or administrators. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Graduate Admissions, Student Funding, and Support Services
  • Partnerships Among Administration, Faculty, and Staff
  • Strategies for Fundraising
  • Accelerated Degree Programs
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Attracting and Supporting International Students
  • Recruitment and Retention of Underserved and Minority Students
  • Future of the Dissertation
  • Innovative Instruction in the Graduate Studies Classroom
  • Valuing the Humanities and/or the Social Sciences in Graduate Education
  • Experiential Learning, Internships, and Project-based Learning


Please submit one-page abstracts by Friday, February 9, 2018 to:
Dr. Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University, at:
Abstracts should include name, title, institution, & email address of presenter(s).
Questions? Email:, or call: 478-471-5762.


Rooms available at $125/night
Cut off date for room reservation at this rate is March 23, 2018
To reserve your room at the Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Macon, Georgia please select your room type below:

To book a room with one King bed click here

To book a room with two Queen beds click here

**Guests can also access the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools Conference discount  link by logging on to the hotel website
** For those attendees driving to the hotel, parking is $5.00, this fee will be waived for overnight guests.


1. Please complete the pop-up registration form on the screen and select your payment option.The online registration is currently using Paypal to handle all credit card payments. You may also elect to pay in person at the door or have an invoice sent to your institution by emailing the Treasurer, Gale Starich at The cost is $125 to attend the 2018 Spring Conference (includes cocktails and jazz on Thursday evening, breakfast and lunch on Friday) and/or you may also elect to join/review your GCGS membership ($60) at the same time as your register.
2. If you elect to pay online with a credit card using Paypal, please complete the payment option at the bottom of the page below. Paypal will send a receipt to the email listed.

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