Graduate education

Survey shows annual decline in number of Ph.D.s awarded

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Annual Survey of Earned Doctorates shows drop in number of Ph.D.s awarded in 2020. It’s still too early to tell how COVID-19 impacted Ph.D. attainment, however.

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Graduate enrollment grew in 2020 despite pandemic

Enrollments rose in fall 2020 despite big drops in incoming international students. Gains among part-time and underrepresented minority students helped fuel the increase.

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A 30% female author experiment in political science syllabi

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New study finds that increasing gender representation in graduate course syllabi affects male and female students’ perceived likelihood of succeeding in the course in surprising ways. The study has implications for academic role models and student success, too.

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Florida State scrambles to explain alleged abuser's long tenure

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Florida State scrambles to explain how a faculty member who was known to prey on Asian female students was allowed to do so for 30 years.

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Colleges continue losing undergraduate enrollment this spring, even as graduate enrollment climbs

Undergraduate enrollment fell by 4.5 percent versus last spring, with deep drops among some underrepresented students, according to early data. Graduate enrollment ticked up, but not enough to prevent an overall decline in student numbers.

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U of Florida suspends professor blamed in student's suicide

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University of Florida professor facing blame in a student's suicide is placed on leave. Case recalls abuse of graduate students elsewhere.

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U of Texas will stop using controversial algorithm to evaluate Ph.D. applicants

U of Texas at Austin has stopped using a machine-learning system to evaluate applicants for its Ph.D. in computer science. Critics say the system exacerbates existing inequality in the field.

NSF data on doctorates granted show slow growth, with some exceptions

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The NSF’s new data on Ph.D.s earned in 2019 include some bright spots, including gains for underrepresented minority groups. But COVID-19 threatens to wreak havoc on soon-to-be and recent Ph.D.s for years to come, experts say.

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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.

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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.

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