Graduate education

'Collision Course' for Graduate Education

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What's wrong with graduate education these days? Is it what Ph.D. students are missing -- teaching skills perhaps, or the ability to branch out beyond their area of specialization? Or is that too many students take too long to finish?

Who Produces Black Ph.D.'s?

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Black students have their choice of college in a way that was not nearly as true decades ago, a fact borne out by the numbers: In 2006, one in five African American bachelor's degree recipients earned their diplomas from historically black colleges and universities, compared to well over a third in 1977.

'Two Cultures' Tension in Social Science

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Key philanthropic and government programs offering grants for Ph.D. students appear to be excluding proposals for graduate students in sociology and political science, while favoring proposals from those in history, anthropology and a range of relatively small disciplines, such as art history and ethnomusicology, according to data released Friday.

Ph.D. Completion Gaps

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Foreign, male and white doctoral students are more likely than their American, female and minority colleagues to finish their programs.

Graduate Enrollments Are Up, but Uneven

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Gains are greater for foreign students than those from the U.S., for blacks than for whites, and for those studying in the health sciences than in other disciplines.

A Broader History Major (and Professor)

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In-depth study suggests a shift in focus for the discipline, based on its role in liberal education, not just its own field of study. Graduate education seen as key area for change.

Where Are the Minority Ph.D.'s? In Tampa, Actually

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TAMPA -- One by one they took to the stage to receive their plaques, each story seemingly more compelling than the last. The single mother with four kids. The young man who had lived in a friend's car for a spell. The cancer survivor whose parents had died when he was four years old.

Mentor, Friend -- or Both?

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Professors debate whether mentors of graduate students and young instructors must go beyond supervising to "caring" to be effective, and where the lines are.

International Student Growth Still Slowing

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Survey of graduate schools finds that international student population is still increasing, but not as rapidly.

A Faculty Caste System?

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Graduate deans discuss the rationale for and difficulties of designating some professors as "graduate faculty."

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