2018 Forums

     

    How America Pays for Graduate School

    March 7, 2018

    This is the first edition of “How America Pays for Graduate School” and is a follow up to “How America Pays for College”, which was recently published for the 10th consecutive year. The study surveyed 1,597 graduate students on topics including: reasons for earning a graduate degree, considerations they weighed when deciding to attend graduate school, as well as how much they spent on graduate school and how they funded their education. As always, followed by formal remarks, we will welcome lively discussion from the audience.

     

    The Butler Didn't Do It-Looking Beyond the Usual Suspects in Understanding Doctoral Success

    June 27, 2018

    In graduate education, we have constructed very stable narratives about the factors that influence students success. However, careful analysis of empirical studies tells a different, more nuanced story.  The qualities of faculty mentors don't necessarily drive student development and attainment. Initial advantages in skill or cultural capital don't lead to a "rich get richer" story through the mechanisms we suppose. Intervening early isn't always beneficial. Recently published psychological and sociological data hold implications for ways to shape PhD policies and programs to maximize the benefit to students as they develop skills and position themselves to enter the workforce.

     

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