Graduate students

Making Sense of 'Bologna Degrees'


In the early 1990s, the then-presidents of Oberlin College and Stanford University floated the idea that the standard time for an undergraduate degree might be better at three years instead of four. The idea went nowhere -- at least in the United States.

Ph.D.'s in Debt

So much for the idea that stipends pay for graduate school. As deans gathered in Washington for the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, one topic of concern buzzing through the air was how much borrowing students must do these days.

History Ph.D.'s: In and Out

It's not easy to get into history Ph.D. programs and it's not speedy to finish up.

Those conclusions are evident from new data from the American Historical Association, which started its annual meeting Thursday, in Atlanta.

More Jobs, Fewer New Ph.D.'s

Arnita A. Jones almost gushed when she told historians about how many new Ph.D.'s she was chatting up at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta who were telling her, "I have four interviews tomorrow," or "I've got three interviews today."

Can You Rank Crotchetiness?

If you can't, what do would-be graduate students really need to know about their potential professors and departments?

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinary Study

Northwestern's graduate school considers how best to run a new program that creates a second academic home for some students.

Minorities and the Sociology Pipeline

Study finds that minority sociologists disproportionately drop out of academe at the Ph.D. level and again during tenure process.

Upping the Ante in Graduate Stipends

Chicago announces expanded benefits for students in humanities and social sciences -- with goal of speeding Ph.D. completion.

Unusual Mix of Prayer and Politics

Yale Divinity School students burn the Ten Commandments and Bill of Rights -- in prayer, not protest.

Sociology Dept. Fails Power Relationships?

At U. of Florida, graduate students complain about inappropriate remarks and bullying by professors.


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