Graduate education

Top Ph.D. Programs, Shrinking

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Harvard, Chicago and others will enroll smaller classes of doctoral students in the fall. Is recession forcing long-term change on graduate education?

Adviser, but not 'Fiduciary'

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There are varying views of where the lines are in the relationships between faculty members and the graduate students they advise.

How Ph.D. Programs Will Be Judged

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National Research Council releases long-awaited methodology for still-awaited rankings. Is the system too complicated?

Looking to the Source

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Analysis at chemistry meeting asks why some graduate departments are so much more successful than others at placing their female Ph.D.'s and postdocs in top positions.

More Questions on Rankings

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Study of "peer assessment" of U.S. News's graduate and professional rankings suggests benefits for institutions being large and relying on standardized testing.

Money, Mentors and Love

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New Ph.D. recipients consider the factors that got them to the finish line and report gaps by discipline in extent of financial support.

Job Market Realities

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Political scientists consider changes in criteria for hiring. Should ability to win grants count? Should more grad students be discouraged from staying in programs? Should search chairs get involved with job rumor Web sites?

Protecting Grad Student Employees

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AAUP releases plan to add due process and other rights -- including more information about renewal of assignments -- to its statement on academic freedom.

Growing Graduate Enrollments

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Gains by female, minority and American students led to 4.5% increase in those starting programs in fall of 2008.

Mentoring, Texas-Style

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A five-year-old program at the University of Texas at Austin pairs undergraduates considering graduate school with graduate students -- and seems to be working.


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