New Student-Centered Ph.D. Initiative by AAU

September 13, 2019

The Association of American Universities on Thursday launched a new program to help universities better prepare Ph.D. students for a range of careers inside and outside academe. The AAU Ph.D. Initiative specifically seeks to change the “culture” of graduate education, according to the organization, making it more student centered and focused on individual students’ diverse paths, interests and backgrounds. Phase I of the initiative will involve 34 departments across the arts and sciences at eight member campuses. Data transparency on Ph.D. program outcomes is another aim. Funding comes from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation.

“This effort by AAU will encourage diversity in career paths for Ph.D. students and ensure not only that more Ph.D. students benefit fully from their education, but that those in industries outside academia will benefit from their deep knowledge and expertise,” Mary Sue Coleman, association president, said in a statement.

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