Graduate education

Book focuses on human aspects of graduate advising


New handbook on advising sheds light on the more personal, human aspects of the process.


MLA report calls for Ph.D. program reform, including cutting time to degree

MLA urges radical changes in Ph.D. education, including shorter time to degree, new forms for the dissertation and greater emphasis on learning to teach.

New America report provides snapshot of rising debt burdens of graduate students

New snapshot shows that borrowers are taking out more loans to pay for their advanced degrees across a range of disciplines.

Hopkins plans shifts in graduate school and faculty hiring

Pioneer in the research university model wants to shrink graduate enrollment (but offer much better stipends to those who are admitted), to favor junior faculty for tenure-track openings. Grad students object.

Study finds that Ph.D.s who write interdisciplinary dissertations earn less

If you combine two disciplines in your dissertation, you can expect to earn less than you would otherwise in the year after finishing your doctorate, study finds.

Study finds bias favors thinner graduate school applicants

It's not just that professor with the infamous tweet. Study finds that academics who interview graduate school candidates favor those who are thinner.

Ph.D.s as teachers and other ideas emerge from panel on doctoral reform at Stanford

Stanford pledges to pay for a master's in education for humanities Ph.D.s who want to become high school teachers.

Duke proposes a mandatory, short video pitch to accompany dissertations

Should universities require graduate students to pare down years of research into a soundbite that can be understood by non-scholars?

CUNY Graduate Center hopes to offer a public model for reform of doctoral education

As Stanford spurs discussion of trimming time-to-degree for Ph.D.s, CUNY offers model for public institutions that might want to kill tradition of grad school as a place you "check in and never check out."

Graduate students and faculty at U. of Minnesota pilot new, ongoing program review process

Seeking to supplement traditional forms of graduate program assessment, U. of Minnesota pilots an approach that asks key questions about students' needs and goals.


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