For release: March 30, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
As Tennessee and the University of Memphis formally observe Graduate Education Week
April 4-8, the University of Memphis can take an extra special bit of pride in the
subject, because Dr. Karen Weddle-West, U of M vice provost for Graduate Studies,
is on the national board that oversees the Graduate Record Exam. Appointed in 2009
by the national Council of Graduate Schools, where she also serves on the Minority
Advisory Board, Dr. Weddle-West will serve a four-year term on the GRE Board.
The Council of Graduate Schools’ membership encompasses 500 universities in the United
States and Canada and 16 universities outside North America. CGS institutions award
more than 95 percent of all doctorates in the United States and 78 percent of all
master’s degrees in this country.
Her role on the board is multifaceted. She serves on the Research Committee and the
Finance Committee. The latter decides matters related to the GRE budget, while the
former oversees all aspects of research in which the board is involved, including
long-range planning strategies, proposals for new research, monitoring the progress
of all research projects, and allocating Board funds for research projects.
One of the GRE Board’s primary missions is to make sure the graduate record examination
meets the needs of graduate schools and students. “I have had the opportunity to
provide significant input regarding revisions to that test,” Weddle-West said. “The
Revised GRE General test will be launched in August 2011. The test is now better
because it assesses skills that graduate school faculty members and employers said
they look for in successful students and professionals.
“Another feature of the revised test is its Personal Potential Index (PPI), a web-based
assessment completed by faculty members or other professionals who have taught or
worked with prospective students. The PPI targets personal attributes such as resilience,
integrity, and teamwork, personal characteristics that many faculty and professionals
consider as important as the mastery of content in a discipline.”
As part of the University’s observance of Graduate Education Week, Dr. Weddle-West
will present an information session about the Revised GRE General test to the University
community. She will explain the revisions and the new score scale, and she will tell
how future GRE-takers can get a 50 percent discount on the fee and free test preparation.
Her presentation will be in the University Center Bluff Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
on Friday, April 8.
The schedule of all Graduate Education Week events at the University of Memphis and
in Nashville and in Washington, D.C., includes:
Monday, April 4
10 a.m. -1:30 p.m., UC Ballroom
23rd Annual Student Research Forum
Poster presentations and awards
Approximately 135 graduate and undergraduate students will present their research
to a panel of experts in their respective disciplines. Cash awards will be presented
to those whose research is judged the best. Invited Graduate Scholar Speaker, Orges
Furxhi, will talk about his patent-pending device designed to help in the fight against
terrorism and improve airport security.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Luncheon
Tuesday, April 5
Council of Graduate Schools Legislative Forum, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Vice Provost for Graduate Programs Karen Weddle-West, as a member of the Minority
Advisory Board for the National Council of Graduate Schools, will be one of a select
group of graduate school administrators invited to the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C., for a briefing on “Steps Taken on the Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education
in the United States.” Initiatives and “best practices” to ensure that America does
not fall behind in the global competition for human talent will be highlighted at
Wednesday, April 6
Graduate Education Week at Legislative Plaza, Nashville, Tenn.
Felynncia Rainey, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering and recipient of a
Graduate School Fellowship, will represent the University of Memphis. Her research
on the “Automated Flow Analytical System for Analysis of Microliter Volumes” is aimed
at the development of an automated system for the point-of-care detection of chemical
markers of heart attacks.
Thursday, April 7
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. UC River Room
Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association
Refreshments will be served.
Graduate students will discuss the future of education in the United States, and issues
and strategies to enhance graduate education at the U of M.
Friday, April 8
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. UC Bluff Room
The Revised GRE: Test Preparation and Information Session
Presented by Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D.
Get the scoop on what the new GRE is all about from the University’s Vice Provost
for Graduate Programs, Dr. Karen Weddle-West. As a member of the GRE Board, Karen
served on the Research & Finance committees during the revisions. She will provide
an overview of the revisions and the new score scale.
STUDENTS: COME AND FIND OUT HOW TO GET A 50% DISCOUNT AND FREE TEST PREP!
For more information contact the Graduate School at 901-678-4212