Graduate education

Hope on Ph.D. Attrition Rates -- Except in Humanities

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New data suggest that more people who start doctoral programs are sticking with them, at least in the sciences.

Competition for Top Grad Students

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The day after Harvard changed the rules of undergraduate aid, university briefs its faculty on plans to improve stipends in humanities and social sciences.

How to Cut Ph.D. Time to Degree

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The key may be changing faculty behavior, not just grad student behavior. An unusual policy at Harvard yields dramatic success.

Passion, Joy and Graduate Education (Really)

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Historians consider why new doctoral students get disconnected from what drew them to the field (bad historiography being one culprit) -- and how to keep them excited.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Is There Really No Match?

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On Monday, nearly 750 psychology students fell into the gap separating demand from supply of required predoctoral internships.

Ph.D. Completion -- and Content

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Graduate school deans and officials from federal funding agencies discuss interventions to improve doctorate completion, while still emphasizing what students learn along the way.

What Is a Composition and Rhetoric Doctorate?

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Data show stability in number of programs and enrollments, but continued shifts in what programs are called, reflecting tensions within the field over its role and whether it is a single field.

Growth in International Applicants Slows

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Number of foreign applicants to U.S. graduate programs increased by only 3 percent this year, survey shows, while about a third of schools saw declines.

'Graduate Education and the Public Good'

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At a time when skepticism about higher education and its need for public support edges ever higher, association leaders appear to be settling on a branding strategy of trying to convince people that colleges deserve an increasing share of resources.

Data on Minority Doctorates Suppressed

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NSF, citing privacy concerns, bars release of data on minority Ph.D. attainment when only small numbers of degrees are awarded. Diversity advocates question rationale.

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