Graduate students

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

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?

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

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

Shying Away From Graduate School

Number of students taking GRE will drop this year, stunning ETS and universities, who foresaw opposition impact from recession. Fall is seen in U.S. and elsewhere, with steep decline in India.

Almost Ready for the Doctoral Program Rankings

National Research Council -- gearing up for February's long awaited and delayed evaluations -- offers hints on parts of its approach, and hears reservations about methodology.

Do Econ Grad Students Need a Teaching Bailout?

Relatively few doctoral programs require for-credit courses on how to lead a class, a study finds -- while another finds most new Ph.D.’s still feel prepared.

Seeking Purpose in Graduate Course Work

History departments are changing curriculum for doctoral students, seeking to move beyond teaching professors' favorite books and toward the art of teaching.

Return of Grad Union Movement

Obama designates as NLRB chair a member who backs collective bargaining at private universities -- and that could be key step in reviving campaigns that have been stagnant since 2004.

The Impact of 'Time to Degree'

The most logical reason to focus on "time to degree" for doctoral students is that most of them say they want to finish -- and most graduate departments say the same thing. People are happier and programs are more efficient.

Ph.D. Admissions Shrinkage

Even as colleges push to fill undergraduate, master's and professional classes, some institutions are shrinking doctoral programs, where the finances differ.

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