2017 Press Coverage

    Grad Schools Remain a Global Draw

    Inside Higher Ed, 2/9/2017

    More international students continue to apply to and enroll in U.S. graduate institutions, though not at the rapid pace seen in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    Even Before the Travel Ban, Signs of Weakening Interest From Students Abroad

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/9/2017

    A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools shows that the number of students from overseas enrolling in American graduate programs in the fall of 2016 grew by 5 percent, the same rate as in the previous year.

     

    European graduate enrolment in US rises 8 per cent

    Times Higher Education, 2/9/2017

    The number of European graduate students enrolling at US universities rose by 8 per cent in the year to autumn 2016, the largest increase in at least the past five years, according to new data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

     

    First-time international graduate enrolments rise 5%

    University World News, 2/9/2017

    Enrolments in United States universities of first-time international graduate students increased by 5% in autumn 2016, the same rate of growth as the previous year, says a report by the US-based Council of Graduate Schools, a Washington-based non-profit.

     

    How the immigration controversy could drive up the cost of college

    The Hechinger Report, 2/9/2017

    Even before the travel ban, graduate schools were seeing significant declines in enrollment from the Middle East. Saudi Arabian applications declined 20 percent last year, said the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    International graduate enrolments to U.S. universities go up by 5%

    Study International Staff, 2/10/2017

    The number of first-time international graduates enrolling to American universities in autumn 2016 went up five percent, reported U.S. non-profit Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

     

    US: int’l graduate enrolment growth stabilising

    The Pie News, 2/13/2017

    First-time international enrolment growth at US universities held steady in 2016, up 5% for the second year in a row. However, the growth rate of international graduate applications is slowing as interest from key source markets drops, spurring the Council of Graduate Schools to warn universities to not take continuing growth for granted in the current policy environment.

     

    Asian students flock to the US for graduate degrees

    Asia Times, 2/13/2017

    Nearly half of all the applications to American graduate institutions came from international students, according to a recent research report by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). A total of 395 institutions responded to the survey conducted in September-October 2016.

     

    Drop in foreign applicants worries U.S. engineering schools

    Science, 2/14/2017

    Schools of engineering and computer science programs are especially reliant on international students, in some cases drawing up to 90% of their applicants from abroad. And though students on temporary visas make up only 19% of all U.S. graduate students, they compose 55% of those studying engineering and computer science, according to 2015 enrollment data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, D.C.

     

    University officials, students keeping close eye on immigration ban developments

    MiBiz, 2/19/2017

    More international students continue to apply to and enroll in U.S. graduate institutions, but it’s not at the rapid pace seen in recent years, according to a recent report by the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    US universities alarm at declining Chinese graduate enrollments

    China.org.cn, 2/19/2017

    Huge numbers flocked to the other side of the Pacific to pursue their dreams. They still do, but the year-on-year double-digit growth of Chinese graduates of the past that American schools have come to expect may be over, says a report by the Council of Graduate Schools released on February 9.

     

    A Snapshot of International Graduate Enrollments in the US

    Masterstudies.com, 2/28/2017

    The U.S.’s Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has released its latest analysis of the current state of international applications and enrollments.

     

    President Kaplan Expresses His Support for UNH’s International Community

    The Charger Bulletin (UNH), 3/1/2017

    A recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools showed that the number of students from overseas enrolling in American graduate programs has stalled.

     

    Preparation for nonacademic careers can improve, report says

    Chemical & Engineering News, 3/6/2017

    Universities have a long way to go in preparing students for nonacademic jobs, according to a two-year study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduate education from the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    Five Things You Didn't Realize Were Funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Smithsonian.com, 3/15/2017

    In 1963, a group of university presidents, professors, art experts, businesspeople and even the chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission came together to form a national commission...their charge: report findings and recommendations on how to proceed to three sponsoring bodies: the American Council of Learned Societies, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

     

    Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants

    The New York Times, 3/16/2017

    Graduate schools appear to be feeling the worst pinch, with nearly half reporting drops. “Our deans describe it as a chilling effect,” said Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    Dramatic drop in F-1 visa student applications from India to the US, says survey

    News India Times, 3/16/2017

    “Our deans describe it as a chilling effect,” said Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    Study: Foreign Applications to US Colleges Plunge

    Newsmax, 3/16/2017

    "Our deans describe it as a chilling effect," Council of Graduate Schools president Suzanne Ortega told the Times.

     

    40% of US Colleges see a dip in foreign applications amid 'Trump fears'

    Business Standard, 3/17/2017

    "Our deans describe it as a chilling effect," Council of Graduate Schools president Suzanne Ortega told the Times.

     

    Foreign Applications Dip at Some Colleges Amid Fear of ‘Trump Effect’

    The News-Review, 3/18/2017

    "Our deans describe it as a chilling effect," Council of Graduate Schools president Suzanne Ortega told the Times.

     

    Amid new anxiety, fewer than half as many foreign students apply to UMKC

    The Kansas City Star, 3/18/2017

    “There’s a chilling effect,” said Hironao Okahana, an assistant vice president of research and policy analysis at the Council of Graduate Schools. “You’re seeing … prospective international students in a wait-and-see mode.”

     

    Survey shows biggest decline in Middle East applications, likely due to immigration laws

    Today Online, 3/18/2017

    "Our deans describe it as a chilling effect," Council of Graduate Schools president Suzanne Ortega told the Times.

     

    UVenus Responds: The Current Political Climate

    Inside Higher Ed, 3/22/2017

    At that moment the only information I had to work with was from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) - a group that had already been in significant discussions with the US Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

     

    International student applications are down nationwide; UCD’s are up

    The Davis Enterprise (UC Davis), 3/23/2017

    ‘Our deans describe it as a chilling effect,’ said Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    New Survey Helps Schools Address International Student Recruitment

    Association Now, 3/31/2017

    The Council of Graduate Schools publishes the annual International Graduate Application and Enrollment Report. However, that data will not be available for many months.

     

    Colleges drop standardized tests to boost applications, diversity

    Worcester Business Journal, 4/3/2017

    A 2016 report by the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) underscores the importance of a holistic review of applicants to master's and doctoral programs in fostering diversity in higher education, as well as improved student outcomes.

     

    The sad state of professional development programs for scientists

    Science, 4/5/2017

    A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) observes, “the majority of PhDs gain employment outside the academy.” What will really matter for these doctorate holders is how well they understand and navigate the quite different processes that lead to nonacademic employment.

     

    Managing finances might be graduate students’ toughest test

    Washington Post, 4/11/2017

    According to a three-year studyconducted by the Council of Graduate Schools in conjunction with TIAA that concluded in 2016, 60 percent of master’s students and 55 percent of doctoral students feel stressed about their finances.

     

    Decline in the attractiveness of U.S. education to the world is troubling

    The Marietta Times, 4/22/2017

    ‘Our deans describe it as a chilling effect,’ said Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. The numbers are provoking anxiety in some programs that rely on international students, who bring more than $32 billion a year into the U.S. economy˘ Slumping graduate school applications can now be seen at universities ranging from giant Big Ten public universities like Ohio State and Indiana University to regional programs such as Portland State.”

     

    PhD students: time to make them university employees?

    Times Higher Education, 5/18/2017

    The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden. In the US, some universities are now making it possible for PhD candidates to join unions that can fight for better terms and conditions. A spokeswoman for the US Council of Graduate Schools said that most universities have viewed graduate students as students first and foremost as US doctoral programmes involve coursework, not just research.

     

    Assessing the Travel Ban: What New Data on Overseas Recruitment Does — and Doesn’t — Tell Us

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 07/06/2017

    One report on international-student trends concludes that American colleges have been "hard hit" by declining interest from the Middle East, while another expresses "cautious optimism" that the number of overseas students accepting offers of admission to American institutions could be above projections. A third shares the concerns of graduate-school deans, half of whom say they are seeing "substantial" falloffs in foreign enrollments.

     

    Despite worries, international students are still planning to enroll in U.S. colleges, study finds

    The Washington Post, 07/06/2017

    After President Trump announced a temporary travel ban in January, academic leaders were swift to condemn it, and to warn that it would shut out some of the world’s most talented scholars. But a national study of admissions officers found that, at least as of May, international students remain interested in studying in the United States, with overall demand holding steady compared to previous years.

     

    Surveys split on outlook for international enrolment

    University World News, 07/06/2017

    The results of two surveys give conflicting messages about the willingness of international students to enrol in courses in United States universities that had awarded them places – also known as the yield rate. Contrary to fears of a potential large drop in the number of admitted new international students actually enrolling in US higher education institutions in autumn 2017, the yield rate for international undergraduates remains steady overall, according to a survey based on responses from 112 colleges and universities, published by the Institute of International Education or IIE on 6 July. But in a separate survey for the Council of Graduate Schools, also published on 6 July, nearly half of deans of graduate schools reported declines in yield rates, and just under one in three reported declines at doctoral level.

     

    Shaky International Yields

    Inside Higher Ed, 07/07/2017

    Survey results released Thursday offer a first look at yield rates of prospective international students -- that is, the percentage who accept an offer of admission for the fall -- and suggest that universities may see different patterns depending on where in the U.S. they’re located.

     

    US: 2017 international student yield outlook rosier than predicted

    The Pie News, 07/10/2017

    Higher education institutions in Texas are seeing a marked decline in the number of international students accepting offers to study in the state. However, an inter-association survey shows the drastic country-wide drop in international students coming to the US feared by many in the Trump era will likely not materialise.

     

    Trump and Brexit: a catastrophic North Atlantic alliance

    Times Higher Education, 07/11/2017

    The US and UK are widely regarded as the leading providers of higher education in the world, proving to be the top destinations for international students at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. However, policy decisions in both countries are fostering a perception that students and academic staff from foreign countries are no longer welcome. This has the potential for a major impact on university world rankings.

     

    International students may have to renew visas yearly

    University World News, 07/13/2017

    A change to foreign student visa policies being discussed at the United States Department of Homeland Security would require international students to reapply annually for permission to stay in the United States, according to the Washington Post.

     

    Brain drain reversal? USU international students speak of uncertainty studying in U.S.

    Herald Journal, 07/22/2017

    Some data suggest that the number of international students applying or being admitted to American higher education institutions is down significantly from a year ago.

     

    Scholar: Graduate Research Internships a Resource to Fill STEM Workforce Gap

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 08/30/2017

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the U.S. workforce will continue to experience a need for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the future. Continuously advancing technology requires that employees learn new skills. While some jobs will require training that can be achieved in secondary, vocational and undergraduate schools, others will require expertise in research and innovation beyond the bachelor’s degree. Fortunately, this trend in employment opportunities overlaps with another trend: recent statistics show that many students who receive graduate degrees in STEM have an interest in careers outside of the academy.

     

    Amid Professors’ ‘Doom-and-Gloom Talk,’ Humanities Ph.D. Applications Drop

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/28/2017

    Graduate programs in the humanities have faced withering criticism for churning out a surplus of doctorates despite a tight academic job market. Data released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools suggest that the criticism could be starting to sink in. While overall applications to doctoral programs were up nearly 1 percent from 2015 to 2016, applications to arts and humanities programs declined by 7.1 percent.

     

    Enrollment and Market Forces

    Inside Higher Ed, 09/28/2017

    Enrollment in graduate school is up, continuing a trend in first-time graduate student researchers have seen for five years. But growth rates are starting to dip, according to numbers from a new report the Council of Graduate Schools co-published with the Graduate Record Examinations Board.

     

    Documenting What Ph.D.s Do for a Living

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/15/2017

    The idea that a Ph.D. can prepare you for diverse careers — not just for the professoriate — is now firmly with us. Most doctoral students in the arts and sciences start out with the desire to become professors. But that’s not where most of them end up. By now, most graduate advisers understand that their doctoral students will follow multiple career paths. And increasing numbers of professors and administrators are trying to help students do that. The number of Ph.D.s who pursue nonfaculty careers varies by field, of course. But the reality in many disciplines is: If you’re teaching a graduate seminar with eight students in it, only two of them, on average, will become full-time faculty members. What happens to the rest? And as important, how do they feel about where they end up?

     

    BankThink What women's growing wealth means for banks

    American Banker, 10/31/2017

    While I’ve witnessed myriad innovations in the financial services industry throughout my career, there is one area where banking has been slower to evolve: investing in women. Up until the last few decades, the financial world imposed nearly impenetrable barriers that prevented women from reaching the highest levels of an organization. This was the case both in terms of hiring women and offering products. But these days, equality has become a widely touted priority for businesses and positive gains have been occurring within the industry and the regulatory community. In 2014, Janet Yellen became the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve, for instance. While not banking specific, the number of women on the boards of Fortune 500 companies has grown to 20%, up from 15.7% in 2010.

     

    Data on Community College Grads Who Earn Graduate Degrees

    Inside Higher Ed, 11/02/2017

    The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released new data on the numbers of graduate and professional degree earners who first began their postsecondary studies at a community college. Roughly one in five master's degree earners, 11 percent who earned doctoral degrees and 13 percent of professional degree earners originally began at a two-year college, found the center, which tracks the progress of almost all U.S. college students.

     

    The Disappearing American Grad Student

    The New York Times, 11/03/2017

    There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. At the undergraduate level, 80 percent are United States residents. At the graduate level, the number is reversed: About 80 percent hail from India, China, Korea, Turkey and other foreign countries. For graduate students far from home, the swirl of cultures is both reassuring and invigorating. “You’re comfortable everyone is going through the same struggles and journeys as you are,” said Vibhati Joshi of Mumbai, India, who’s in her final semester for a master’s degree in financial engineering. “It’s pretty exciting.”

     

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