Graduate students

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.

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.

Money Matters

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The University of California campuses are known for top doctoral programs, but two new reports on graduate students suggest that the state's financial problems are posing dangers to that reputation.

A new report from the university system shows that graduate students are unhappy with housing affordability, the amount of financial support the university provides, and the support’s type and duration.

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.

NLRB Steps Toward Grad Unions

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Board overrules decision rejecting NYU union, and hints it will reverse ruling that has blocked collective bargaining for teaching assistants at private universities.

Oops, We've Given That Test Before

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The Educational Testing Service is canceling all scores on the Graduate Record Examination from China this month because large portions of the test had been used in previous administrations of the exam.

While testing companies periodically have to cancel scores when a testing center makes an error or gives an incorrect version of a test, making an error throughout China has major ramifications. About 24,000 test takers -- most of them likely applicants to graduate schools in the United States -- took the GRE this month in China.

International Grad Enrollments Up

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3% increase in number of first year students is the result of continued surge in interest from China.

Ph.D. Pipeline Expands Slightly

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Number of research doctorates awarded by universities in U.S. grows to 49,562, with most of the growth attributable to increase for women.

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