Graduate education

Showdown on Grad Unions

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New York University is once again center stage in the legal and policy debate over whether graduate teaching assistants at private universities can form unions.

An Agenda for Graduate Education

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The prime position of American graduate education is increasingly at risk, and both universities and the government need to renew their commitments to helping students earn advanced degrees, says a report being released today.

Methodology Change for Ph.D. Rankings

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The National Research Council -- responding to criticism it received in the internal peer review of its forthcoming doctoral program rankings -- is changing the methodology in a few key places for the long-awaited project.

Personalizing the M.D.

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A hundred years after the release of the Flexner Report, which set many of the standards that still guide North American medical education, a report being published today aims to stimulate reforms to reshape medical schools and residency programs for the next century.

Teaching vs. Research

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It’s common for many at research universities to say that just because they value scholarly production doesn’t mean they don’t care about teaching. But a new study of political science departments at doctoral institutions -- published in the journal PS -- suggests that there may be a tradeoff.

Divisions Over Peace Studies

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At a time when student interest is growing in nongovernmental organizations and conflict resolution, faculty members in peace studies master's programs and those who employ their graduates appear to have split on the direction these programs should take.

A Quickly Growing Major

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By 2018, the number of physical therapists in the United States is projected to grow by 30.3 percent, but the number of students majoring in kinesiology – a field in which many physical therapists hold a degree -- is growing at an even faster rate. According to the American Kinesiology Association, the number of undergraduate kinesiology majors grew 50 percent from 2003 to 2008, to more than 26,000 students, making it one of the fastest-growing majors in the country.

Ups and Downs in Grad Admissions

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Offers to international students increased 3% from 2009 to 2010, while offers to applicants from the U.S. dropped 1%.

Women Lead in Doctorates

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For first time, majority are awarded to females. Gender split varies by discipline, but women's numbers are increasing faster than men's across the board.

You're Not No. 1

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WASHINGTON -- The advance briefing for reporters covering Tuesday's release of the National Research Council's ratings of doctoral programs may have made history as the first time a group doing rankings held a news conference at which it seemed to be largely trying to write them off.

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