Graduate education

University of Chicago English faculty prioritizes Black studies graduate students for 2021

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University of Chicago English says it's only admitting Black studies Ph.D. candidates for 2021 admissions cycle, citing Black Lives Matter and the field's complicated history with regard to race.

Some departments plan on suspending or limiting graduate cohorts for a year or longer, to free up time and money for current students

Some social science departments are suspending or limiting graduate cohorts to free up money and faculty attention for students affected by the pandemic. But some question the decision, pointing to need for more social scientists in a public health crisis, not fewer.

How lenient, or not, should professors be with students right now?

How lenient, or not, should professors be with students right now?

How will pass/fail affect students' future?

Many institutions are going pass/fail or making new grading schemes. How will prospective grad students, med students and community college transfers be affected?

Graduate students seek time-to-degree and funding extensions during COVID-19

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Graduate students face many of the same challenges as faculty members during COVID-19 but have received fewer assurances. Top on their wish list are extended funding and time-to-degree extensions.

The rise of the remote Ph.D. defense

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Ph.D. students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal?

How institutions are approaching scientific research during COVID-19

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How institutions are approaching scientific research during COVID-19, and what they still need to know.

University of California, Santa Cruz, fires striking TAs

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Graduate workers' union says 82 students won't get spring teaching appointments over ongoing strike.

Volume of loans in income-driven repayment mushrooms, with bulk of subsidies to graduate students

Almost half of federal student loans are being repaid through more generous income-driven repayment plans, new data show, with 80 percent of government subsidies now going to graduate student borrowers.

International applications and first-time international enrollments increase at U.S. grad schools

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Survey finds increases in international applications and first-time international enrollments at U.S. graduate schools last fall. But looking ahead to this fall, uncertainties abound.

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