The Council of Graduate Schools is an organization of institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, and across the globe engaged in graduate education, research scholarship, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. The CGS mission is to improve and advance graduate education through advocacy in the federal policy arena, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.
A regional association affiliated with the Council of Graduate Schools, the Western Association of Graduate Schools is a forum for "the consideration of mutual problems among the member institutions, relating the graduate studies and research." Its 90 members are accredited institutions of graduate education in the western United States and Canada. The WAGS website also contains links to the Western Regional Graduate Program and the ProQuest UMI Digital Vault, the largest commercially available microform collection in the world.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A-P-L-U) is a non-profit association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The association is governed by a Chair and a Board of Directors elected from the member universities and university systems.
CIRTL aims to develop a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices such as teaching-as-research concepts and learning communities. The CIRTL website offers an "Innovative Programs Database" of dynamic programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, serving as a source of inspiration and a reference for the further development of programs that support CIRTL's goals and objectives.