2018 Press Coverage

    Language Ph.D.s: A Jobs Snapshot

    Inside Higher Ed, 8/30/2018

    Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, said in an emailed statement that MLA's and AHA's recent studies "are filling big gaps in our understanding of the careers of humanities Ph.D.s." 


    Their information is "critical for current and future Ph.D.s trying to understand the career options available to them, and to humanities Ph.D. programs working to improve the preparation of their students," Ortega said, noting that CGS will be ready to release data from its own Andrew W. Mellon Foundation- and National Science Foundation-funded study of career pathways in the fall. Preliminarily, she said of the forthcoming data, "I think we can safely say that the first wave of findings point to greater diversity of career options than many humanities Ph.D. students would imagine."


    Preparing Graduate Students for STEM Careers Outside Academia

    Earth and Space Science News, 8/20/2018

    Current graduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) prepare students for a career that most of them will never find themselves in. These graduate programs have traditionally been apprenticeships that prepare students to become researchers at academic institutions [Hancock and Walsh, 2016]. However, more than 50% of all doctoral degree holders do not work in academia or even do research as their primary job (Figure 1).


    The International Entrepreneur's Rule and Innovation: Why Immigrants Help - Not Harm - the US Job Market

    Entrepreneur.com, 8/7/2018

    Our nation's global lead in technology and economic success is thanks, in part, to bold immigrant innovators who sought to seize the opportunities our nation affords. Preventing them from staying here does nothing to strengthen the U.S. job market. If anything, it weakens it.


    Moreover, it means handing over top talent to international competitors. A 2015 survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools found that temporary residents made up over 63 percent of first-time graduate students in math and computer science programs at U.S. universities. Gutting programs such as IER forces students to leave right after they graduate, at which point other countries will happily accept them. The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and France all are bringing in this kind of foreign-born tech talent that we're willing to forfeit, even at a time when the American job market is booming.


    Universities are Up to Challenge of Gathering Data About Ph.D.s

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/27/2018

    At the same time, it is important to note that in recent years, U.S. universities have demonstrated that they are up to the challenge of gathering and reporting data about their Ph.D.s. As members of the Ph.D. Career Pathways project, we are part of a network of 64 universities working with the Council of Graduate Schools to collect data on the career pathways of STEM and humanities Ph.D.s with support from the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


    Nonprofit Makes Move To Buy For-Profit

    Inside Higher Ed, 7/18/2018

    There is a growing demand for graduate degree holders in the work force, and officials at National University System are looking to meet it.


    Why Some 2018 Grads Want to Go Back to School Already 

    Moneyish, 7/18/2018

    More than one-third of college graduates looking for work are considering returning to school to improve their employment chances.


    Grad School Sees Diversity Progress, Record for International Applicants 

    Princeton Alumni Weekly, 7/11/2018

    The Graduate School’s applicant pool jumped 7 percent this year as applications from international students rose 7.6 percent to a record figure. The school offered admission to 1,373 master’s and Ph.D. students, and 668 accepted offers — a yield of 48.7 percent.


    Central Mass. colleges say federal guidance won't change admissions

    Worcester Business Journal, 7/11/2018

    Central Massachusetts colleges say they don't expect to change their admissions reviews as a result of the Trump Administration's advisement that colleges no longer consider a student's race or ethnicity in the admissions process. 


    International Collaborative Explores Social and Emotional Learning in Higher Education 

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 7/11/2018

    With more students at all levels reporting feelings of loneliness and depression, increasing levels of psychological distress among graduate students and a documented rise in suicide rates both within and outside educational communities, proponents of social and emotional learning say it’s an idea whose time has come.


    Free Speech Among Issues Explored at CGS Convening

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 7/09/2018

    During the four-day CGS convening, which concludes Wednesday, topics range from graduate student health and linking financial support to student outcomes and supporting international student enrollment.


    How Institutions Can Continue to Attract International Students 

    Education Dive, 7/05/2018

    Statistics supplied by the Council of Graduate Schools in 2018 show that for the first time since fall 2003 there has been a decline in graduate student enrollment. The organization said specifically, applications from prospective international graduate students declined by 3%, while first-time enrollment of international graduate students declined by 1% in predominately master’s degree and certificate programs. 


    More International Students Avoiding Arkansas Universities, Fear For Safety A Reason

    Arkansas Public Media, 6/28/2018

    Arkansas universities saw a 4 percent drop in international undergrads during the 2016-2017 school year and an 8 percent drop last school year. As for graduate students, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education says it has no statistics on international student enrollment in advanced degree programs. Administrators fear that misconceptions about the state may be deterring international applicants. 


    Student Social and Emotional Learning Explored at Gathering

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 6/07/2018

    Scholars, policymakers and other stakeholders from 12 countries gathered in Princeton, New Jersey to delve deeply into social and emotional learning (SEL), one of the newest frontiers in education that some researchers and practitioners are tying to academic achievement, future labor-market success and personal happiness.


    US Physics Doctoral Programs See Precipitous Drop in International Applications 

    American Institute of Physics Science Policy Bulletin, 6/06/2018

    The number of international students applying to U.S. physics Ph.D. programs fell by an average of 12 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to new data from a survey conducted by the American Physical Society.


    Shake-up to US Graduate Education Needed, Panel Warns 

    Physics World, 6/01/2018

    The US must make big changes to graduate education in the sciences and related fields if it is to meet the evolving needs of students. That is according to a report published on 29 May by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which looks at graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The report calls for increased emphasis on teaching and mentoring of students as well as recognition that increasing numbers of graduate students will find careers outside of academia.


    Report Dings Tax Deduction for High-Income Grad Students

    Inside Higher Ed, 6/01/2018

    A new report from the Brookings Institution argues that the federal government is forgoing hundreds of millions in tax revenue each year through a tax credit that largely benefits graduate students with high incomes. Advocates for graduate education, though, say the report reinforces a false dichotomy between supporting undergraduate and graduate education. Beth Buehlmann of the Council of Graduate Schools said assessing the tax credit based on the income of those claiming it doesn’t account for the whole financial picture of those students. Those borrowers have different life circumstances than those who claim the Lifetime Learning Credit, she said -- they’re older, they may have dependents and their occupation may require a master’s degree in order to advance.


    Making grad school work for STEM students

    Science, 5/31/2018

    The training of graduate students in science is no laughing matter. But the cascade of reports issued on the topic over the past quarter-century has become something of an inside joke among those who care about graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. So, when a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) this week issued a report on “revitalizing” graduate STEM education that referenced 19 related studies, its chairperson wasn’t surprised.


    Push for Big Change in Graduate STEM Ed

    Inside Higher Ed, 5/30/2018

    U.S. graduate education in science, technology, engineering and math is, in many ways, the “gold standard” for the world. But it can and must better prepare graduates for a changing science landscape and multiple careers. It should also be more transparent in terms of where graduates end up working. So says a major new report on the future of graduate STEM education from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report was drafted by the Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, chaired by Alan Leshner, chief executive officer emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    Taking a Look At The #Blackandhooded Movement

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 5/22/2018

    We look at the social media movement, #blackandhooded, which has grown from a hashtag on social media into a scholarship fund and network for black academics. We talk with one founder and then talk to an analyst about why minority students are so underrepresented in graduate studies.


    The Value of Testing in Graduate Admissions

    Inside Higher Ed, 5/21/2018

    In an opinion piece published last week, Julie R. Posselt and Casey W. Miller, made the argument that the “test-optional” movement not only has merit but must be a conversation in doctoral programs across the country. We agree that “a serious conversation about current admissions” in graduate education is necessary. We agree that this conversation requires critical introspection and candid conversations. But, we caution faculty members and admissions committees to look beyond what may seem a simple solution of going test-optional before addressing the hard work of analysis and introspection.


    Private Lenders Eye Graduate Loan Market

    Inside Higher Ed, 5/04/2018

    Private lenders hold just a fraction of the outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. -- about 7.7 percent as of last year. But those companies have plans to grow their student loan holdings. And they argue that with the help of Congress, they could play an even bigger role in the student loan marketplace -- as they formerly did.


    No One Wants to Be Your Dean. Here’s How You Might Fix That.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/22/2018

    Fill the pipeline and get talented prospects ready by adopting these strategies.


    How to convince a skeptic the pay gap is real

    CNBC, 4/10/2018

    Extensive research demonstrates that the gender pay gap exists, but there are many skeptics who still think otherwise.


    Tips for Applying to Popular U.S. Graduate Programs

    U.S. News & World Report, 3/22/2018

    The U.S. is a popular destination for international graduate students, especially those pursuing degrees in fields like engineering and business. But that interest may be waning. In fall 2017, international applications to U.S. graduate schools and first-time international student enrollment both declined for the first time in more than a decade, according to a survey of 377 U.S. institutions from the Council of Graduate Schools. Applications were down 3 percent from fall 2016, and new international student enrollment dropped 1 percent.


    Postgrad news in brief: Trump’s travel ban deters international students

    The Guardian, 3/20/2018

    Donald Trump’s travel ban could be responsible for a fall in the number of applications and enrolments from international students to the US – the first decline in both numbers since 2003. New figures from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) show that first-time enrolments have dropped by 1%, and final application counts by 3%.


    Rise of ‘fake news’ producing more journalism majors

    New York Post, 3/19/2018

    Applications have jumped at journalism schools across the country. After five years of “consistent” application numbers, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism saw a 10 percent increase for the 2017-2018 school year, a spokeswoman said. (Graduate schools in the US have seen applications rise about 1 percent annually in recent years, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools.)


    Will U.S. Restrict Visas for Chinese Students?

    Inside Higher Ed, 3/16/2018

    Two major news organizations are reporting that the Trump administration is considering restrictions on visas for Chinese citizens, including students, as part of a forthcoming package of tariffs and investment restrictions against China.


    Fewer international science, engineering grad students in U.S.

    The Brown Daily Herald, 3/14/2018

    International enrollment in science and engineering graduate programs in the United States saw a 6 percent decrease from fall 2016 to fall 2017, said Diane Souvaine, National Science Board vice chair and professor of computer science at Tufts University. However, the University saw nearly a 10 percent increase in enrollment of international graduate students in science and engineering programs, said Ethan Bernstein, director of admissions and operations. International graduate applications for all fields also saw a national decline, with 3 percent fewer applications submitted between fall 2016 and fall 2017, according to a Council of Graduate Schools report.


    Loss of Global Prestige

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/04/2018

    For international students, studying in the United States may be losing some of its luster. While there were more international students here in the 2016-17 academic year than ever before, there are signs that the growth has begun to slow.


    Winners and Losers in Work-Study Plan

    Inside Higher Ed, 2/14/2018

    House GOP proposal would end formula that favored private colleges in Northeast. But it would also mean cuts in funds to some public institutions with strong records educating low-income students and send more money to for-profit colleges.


    Study: International Students Avoiding U.S. Graduate Schools

    The American Prospect, 2/08/2018

    International students vote with their feet. For the first time in more than a decade, university admissions officials reported a decrease in the number of applications to graduate school programs from international students, according to a recent Council of Graduate Schools study. Researchers found that international graduate applications declined by 3 percent and first-time enrollments declined by 1 percent from the fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017.


    US: Int’l graduate applications & enrolments down

    The PIE News, 2/07/2018

    The CGS report found that for the first time since Fall 2003, application counts from prospective international graduate students declined by 3% while the first-time enrolment of international graduate students declined by 1%. The overall decline was focused primarily in master’s and certificate programs, with responding institutions reporting a 4.8% decrease in applications and a 2.8% decrease in first-time enrolment.


    A Year of Travel Bans

    Inside Higher Ed, 2/01/2018

    Visa data suggest decreases in the number of individuals from countries affected by the travel ban coming to the U.S. as students or for short-term business travel, a category that includes travel related to academic conferences.


    Is there a ‘Trump slump’ in international students coming to America?

    MarketWatch, 1/31/2018

    It appears the U.S. is becoming a less-attractive place to pursue graduate education, and that’s an alarming trend for schools that count on tuition dollars from foreign students. Between fall 2016 and 2017, the number of international students applying to graduate school in the U.S. declined 3%, according to survey data published Tuesday by the Council of Graduate Schools, a graduate school advocacy organization.


    Overseas postgraduate applications and enrolment decline in US

    Times Higher Education, 1/31/2018

    The number of prospective international students applying to and enrolling in US postgraduate programmes has declined for the first time in 13 years, figures show. Applications from prospective overseas graduate students declined by 3 per cent between autumn 2016 and autumn 2017, while first-time enrolment of international graduate students dropped by 1 per cent, according to a survey by the Council of Graduate Schools.


    More Evidence of a Drop in International Grad School Enrollment

    Inside Higher Ed, 1/30/2018

    The number of first-time international students enrolling in American graduate programs declined by 1 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017, according to new survey results from the Council of Graduate Schools.


    International Grad Students’ Interest in American Higher Ed Marks First Decline in 14 Years

    The Chronicle, 1/30/2018

    For the first time in more than a decade, applications and enrollments by international graduate students at American colleges and universities declined in 2016-17, a new study has found. The study, conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools, suggests a continued softening of interest in American institutions among foreign grad students, an ebbing that was noted a year ago.


    GOP actions may make graduate school too costly for many

    CNBC, 1/25/2018

    Fewer people may pursue doctoral and master degree programs due to a one-two punch of Republican-introduced legislation and the new tax code, policy experts say.


    Biology Graduate Programs Educating Students for Life beyond Academia: Broadening horizons for young scientists

    BioScience, 1/10/2018

    A growing number of universities, students, and funding organizations are working to change biology graduate education to meet the needs of students on a wide array of career paths. But before this new education model can take hold, graduate programs first have to figure out which career-development strategies work and how to cultivate a culture that embraces the change.


    Lessons From the Tax Bill Fight

    Inside Higher Ed, 1/10/2018

    A furious campaign by graduate students to kill a GOP tax proposal could be a blueprint for upcoming legislative battles in Washington. In the weeks after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed to tax graduate student tuition waivers, many students were stunned by the potential for a big tax bill and unsure about how to respond.


    US universities to provide tools for post-PhD life

    Nature, 1/03/2018

    US graduate programmes are starting to formalize expectations for the skills and competencies that PhD students should have by the end of their studies, finds a report from the US Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington DC. In a 2016 survey of its 241 member institutions, the CGS found that 65% of those responding reported that all or most of their doctoral programmes had developed formal ways to assess whether students are learning specific skills that are relevant to the workplace.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
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