For Faculty/Staff

Below are resources for Rutgers faculty and staff to support the diverse needs of our graduate students

It includes information on workshops and training opportunities such as Safe(R) Space, Mental Health First Aid, Title IX trainings, etc and assessments and surveys conducted and administrated by various university faculty, staff, and organizations.  The survey results are featured here to highlight the data collected on the growing complex needs of our graduate students. The hope is that they can be utilized as tools for Rutgers units to generate discussion and inform decision-making on efforts to support graduate students’ basic needs, mental health, and well-being and improve campus climate. If you are a university department, school, faculty, or staff that has assessments or any other information that you would like to share and displayed on this site, please send to Ghada Endick at gendick@echo.rutgers.edu.

Graduate Students at a Glance

As of July 31, 2017, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the creation of a new “School for Graduate Studies” merging the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  The new School for Graduate Studies provides personalized academic support to approximately 5,200 students enrolled in over 150 doctoral, master’s and dual degree programs across New Brunswick and Newark. The second largest graduate unit is the School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Education. Almost 900 graduate students and their families live on campus.

As of Fall 2022 enrollment, there are approximately 14,000 graduate students at Rutgers–New Brunswick (including RBHS) in pursuit of graduate studies in very diverse academic and career paths coming from around the world. Below is a snapshot of enrollment by school. More information on enrollment data can be found in OIRAP Fact Book

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Basic Needs Insecurity Amongst Rutgers-NB Students 

Basic needs include food and housing, childcare, mental health, financial resources, and transportation, among others. Student basic needs security is critical for ensuring strong academic performance, persistence, graduation, and overall student well-being.

Food insecurity, housing, and homelessness are issues for many Rutgers-New Brunswick students. Research from 2019 indicates that 41.3% of undergraduates and 46% of graduate students report experiencing at least one basic need insecurity.  
Reference: Cuite, C.L., Brescia, S.A., Willson, K., Weintraub, D., Walzer, M., Bates, L. (2020). Basic Needs Insecurity Among Rutgers-New Brunswick Students. https://go.rutgers.edu/BasicNeedsStudy

For more information and resources on Basic Needs, visit: https://ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu/basic-needs
 

Graduate Students Mental Health (CGS & Jed Foundation)

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has produced a report, in collaboration with The Jed Foundation, on graduate student mental health and well-being.  A growing body of evidence indicates that mental health challenges are common among graduate students. Unfortunately, many barriers exist to effective support and care. 

Beginning in 2019, CGS and The JED Foundation undertook a project to create an evidence base to inform future policies, programs, and resources. 

The results of the project and the report, “Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being: Evidence-Informed Recommendations for the Graduate Community”, can be accessed by visiting: https://cgsnet.org/project/graduate-student-mental-health-and-well-being.  

The website contains the final report and recommendations, a webinar, consultant papers, and other valuable resources.
 

Graduate Student Mental Health Survey (GSA)

The GSA has a Graduate Student Mental Health Committee (MHC) dedicated to helping graduate students, bringing awareness to commonly overlooked mental health issues, and reducing the stigma associated with help-seeking. The committee distributed a mental health survey to the graduate student body across the Rutgers – New Brunswick campuses from May 2021 to February 2022. A total of 254 graduate students submitted responses. To honor these students’ voices, the survey results were summarized and made public in the below report. The Supplemental Materials include a copy of the survey questions in the order they appeared during the survey (S1) and a complete record of the anonymous responses to the three open-ended survey questions (S2).
A complete record of the anonymous responses to the three open-ended survey questions (S2).

For more information on GSA Mental Health Initiatives, visit: https://gsa.rutgers.edu/resources/health-and-wellness/

2018 #iSPEAK Campus Climate Assessment

In the spring of 2018, Rutgers University-New Brunswick conducted a large-scale campus climate survey, #iSPEAK, which provided students’ experiences of interpersonal violence (IPV)

The 2018 #iSPEAK Campus Climate Assessment was administered in conjunction with the Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Click here to visit their Campus Climate Project page.

Survey reports, summary key findings, and the action plan can be located by visiting: http://endsexualviolence.rutgers.edu/climate-assessment/