Graduate students

Money, Mentors and Love

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New Ph.D. recipients consider the factors that got them to the finish line and report gaps by discipline in extent of financial support.

Job Market Realities

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Political scientists consider changes in criteria for hiring. Should ability to win grants count? Should more grad students be discouraged from staying in programs? Should search chairs get involved with job rumor Web sites?

Protecting Grad Student Employees

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AAUP releases plan to add due process and other rights -- including more information about renewal of assignments -- to its statement on academic freedom.

Growing Graduate Enrollments

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Gains by female, minority and American students led to 4.5% increase in those starting programs in fall of 2008.

Mentoring, Texas-Style

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A five-year-old program at the University of Texas at Austin pairs undergraduates considering graduate school with graduate students -- and seems to be working.

Reforming the Humanities Ph.D.

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Analysis of key effort to change doctoral programs offers insights into how they can cut time to degree and help grads land tenure-track jobs, and challenges assumptions on gender and what happens to those who leave programs.

Shifts in Grad Enrollments

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Figures for first-time students who are from the U.S. are up 6 percent; new international numbers are flat, with significant variation by country.

Strike Begins at Illinois

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The Graduate Employees Organization walks out as contract negotiations hit a snag. Students say tuition waivers are threatened; administrators say they plan no changes.

Doctorate Production Continues to Grow

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U.S. universities record fifth straight year of increase in number of degrees awarded. Gains come mostly in sciences and among non-U.S. citizens; humanities Ph.D.'s decline 4.5 percent.

Doctorate Production Ebbs

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1.4 percent increase in number of degrees awarded in 2008 is smallest since 2003; growth in biology doctorates accounts for most of the uptick, and humanities continue to dip.

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