Accessing the Graduate Studies Organization

Graduate Studies has an organization in the Blackboard Learning Management System that gives all graduate students and faculty access to important help documents, research templates, handbooks and checklists.  Follow these steps to access the Graduate Studies organization.

Go to and enter your Blackboard login and password.  Once logged in, click on the My VCSU tab at the top of the page.


In the My VCSU dashboard, you have a number of "widgets" that contain links to courses, web applications or other areas of Blackboard.  Look for the My Organizations widget and click on Graduate Studies.

Graduate Studies

Once you are in the Graduate Organization, use the menu to access different parts of the organization like the student resources and forms, faculty resources and forms or the Blackboard Collaborate Meeting rooms. 

Graduate Studies Menu

Graduate Studies is not on my list of Organizations!?!

If you are unable to see the Graduate Studies Organization, it may be because you have not been enrolled.  You can enroll yourself by following these instructions.

Go to and enter your Blackboard login and password.  Once logged in, click on the COMMUNITY tab at the top of the page.

Community Tab

On the Community page, type the name of the community in the ORGANIZATION SEARCH text-box and click the GO button.

Search Graduate Studies

On the BROWSE ORGANIZATION CATALOG page, you will see a list of matching results and tools to refine your search. When you see the desired community in the search results, roll your mouse over the NAME of the community, click the DOWN-ARROW and select ENROLL from the menu that appears.

Select Enroll

You will see a confirmation message that you have successfully enrolled in the community. Click the OK button to exit the confirmation screen. You will be taken directly to the community to begin viewing its contents.