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    2018 Press Coverage

    International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programmes in the United States

    Nature, 12/13/2018

    The number of international students enrolling in US graduate programmes is falling, according to reports from the US Council of Graduate Schools in Washington DC and the Institute of International Education in New York City.


    Panel to CGS: Holistic Admissions Strategy Aids Grad Student Diversity

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 12/8/2018

    An intentional and campus wide approach and a holistic evaluation of underrepresented students in the admissions process can help graduate schools cultivate a diverse and inclusive student body and produce degree-holders who are culturally competent.


    That was a key takeaway from a panel discussion Friday at the 58th annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools. Hosted by Education Testing Service and moderated by Diverse Executive Editor Dr. Jamal Eric Watson, “Diversity in Graduate Education: Looking At, and Beyond, Admissions” explored how graduate schools can increase diversity and inclusion by effectively recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented groups. It followed a webinar on the topic last month and provided some additional insights.


    CGS Meeting Hears Sobering Report on Black Student Access

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 12/6/2018

    Institutional racism, White supremacy and anti-Black attitudes fuel underrepresentation of Black students on college and university campuses across the United States, with access a battle constantly being waged in legal courts and the court of public opinion, according to an academic who addressed the 58th annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools this week.


    Report on Master's Degree Admissions

    Inside Higher Ed, 12/5/2018

    A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools calls for more transparency in admissions in master's programs. The report outlines key factors in master's admissions, including evidence that applicants will succeed in the programs, critical thinking and letters of recommendation.


    What Gender Gap? Women Are Now Majority Of STEM Grads

    The Daily Wire, 11/27/2018

    Perry took data from the Council of Graduate Schools and included its “Health and Medical Sciences” classification as a STEM field. Doing so found that 50.6% of grad students enrolled in STEM programs in 2017 were women, even though women were only the majority of enrollees in two classifications: “Biological and Agricultural Sciences” and “Health and Medical Sciences.” Still, far more women were enrolled in health sciences than either sex in any of the other fields.


    ‘Gender gap in STEM’? Women are majority of STEM grad students and they earn a majority of STEM bachelor’s degrees

    AEIdeas, 11/26/2018

    And yet according to some data that I recently discovered from several sources, there might not be such a shortage of women in STEM after all, at least overall. In fact, according to several measures, women are actually slightly over-represented in STEM graduate programs and earn a majority of STEM college degrees.


    A Guide to Different Types of College Degrees

    U.S. News and World Report, 11/26/2018

    Doctoral degrees are among the most difficult to earn, with around a third of students dropping out of Ph.D. programs in the 10th year, per a 2008 study from the Council of Graduate Schools.


    America is No Longer Attracting the Best Minds in Physics

    Forbes, 11/06/2018

    The drop is something that hasn't been seen since 2004: the first year that the Council of Graduate Schools first began collecting data on international application and first-time enrollment rates in United States graduate programs. According to the American Institute of Physics, which compiled all available data from the International Graduate Admissions Survey administered by the Council of Graduate schools, international applications and first-time enrollment rates rose every year from 2006 through 2016, inclusive, with a tiny decline (~1%) from 2016 to 2017.


    Institute Marks 25 Years of Training Minorities as Faculty, Mentors

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 10/27/2018

    In keynote remarks, Dr. Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, stressed the critical importance of developing multiple mentors and advisers rather than relying on one individual.


    Undergraduates Aren't Sure About Postgraduate Study. These Factors Encourage Them to Apply.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/23/2018

    Applications to American business schools’ graduate programs dropped this year, and law schools, despite an uptick last year, have seen declines in applications since 2010. Graduate enrollment at American universities is about flat, but international interest has fallen, the Council of Graduate Schools reported this month.


    Trump Administration Planning Stricter Student Visa Rules

    Education Dive, 10/19/2018

    The number of first-time international graduate students enrolled in U.S. programs fell 3.7% from the fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017, with their share among first-time grad students falling from 22% to 20.3% during that period, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools. There were proportionally more first-time international graduate students at private nonprofits (24.2%) than public colleges (19%) in the fall of 2017. 


    Disenchanted Ph.D. Recipients Take Solace, It Gets Better

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/18/2018

    Graduate students in the humanities face many challenges. The academic job market keeps getting tighter, student debt loads bigger. A doctorate these days isn’t worth it, critics have argued. But the results of a new survey, released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools, push back a bit against that gloomy narrative.


    No Regrets

    Inside Higher Ed, 10/18/2018

    A large majority of humanities Ph.D.s believe that their graduate programs prepared them well for their eventual jobs, academic or not, especially over time. And all those jobs appear to require many of the same kinds of skills, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools.


    Why Some 2018 Grads Want to Go Back to School Already

    Moneyish, 10/15/2018

    First-time graduate enrollment in education increased both at the master’s level (2.3%) and the doctoral level (3.0%) between Fall 2015 and Fall 2016, according to the Council of Graduate Schools most recent data. Besides, 35- to 44-year-olds with master’s degrees earned salaries 23% higher in 2015 than the average for those with bachelor’s degrees ($87,320 versus $71,100).


    Women Earn the Majority of Advanced Degrees

    Biz Women, 10/9/2018

    Women earned more than half of the doctoral degrees awarded in the United States last year and made up the majority of advanced degree students at all levels, according to a new report by the Council of Graduate Schools.


    Is Trump to Blame for Fewer International Students Enrolling in the US?

    Study International News, 10/9/2018

    International student enrollments for US graduate schools are down for the second year in a row according to a new report, raising concerns as to what’s behind the continuing decline.

    Women Are Still Earning More Doctoral Degrees Than Men in the U.S.

    Forbes, 10/5/2018

    Women are still earning more doctoral degrees than men in the United States. Out of nearly 80,000 doctoral degrees awarded last year, women earned 41,717 (53% of the total) compared to 37,062 for men (47% of the total). 2017 marks the ninth straight year women have earned the majority of doctoral degrees at U.S. universities and the 53% share is a record high. The data was released by the Council of Graduate Schools earlier this week as part of the latest CGS/GRE Graduate Enrollment & Degrees: 2007-2017 report.


    Decline of International Graduate Enrolment Quadruples

    University World News, 10/5/2018

    Graduate enrolment of international students at United States universities has declined for the second year in a row, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).


    International Students Drop 4%, Trump a Potential Factor

    The Pie News, 10/4/2018

    The report Graduate Enrolment and Degrees: 2007 to 2017′, which analysed data provided by 619 institutions revealed the 0.9% decrease in the 2015-16 academic year has now grown into to a 3.7% decline.


    International Student Enrollment Continues to Fall

    Education Dive, 10/4/2018

    The number of international applicants to U.S. graduate degree programs fell 3.7% between fall 2016 and fall 2017, even as several prominent programs known for their research saw an uptick, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools. Enrollment among U.S. citizens and permanent residents in graduate school rose 1% during the period.


    New International Graduate Enrollments Fall Again

    Inside Higher Ed, 10/3/2018

    First-time international graduate enrollments in U.S. institutions fell 3.7 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools. While the council isn’t certain what caused the drop, it’s hard for it -- or anyone else -- not to think of the Trump administration’s stance on immigration.


    International Students' Graduate Enrollment is Down, Study Finds. Some Say U.S. Policy is to Blame.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/3/2018

    Graduate enrollment by international students in the United States has decreased for the second time since 2003, according to an annual report by the Council of Graduate Schools.


    Florida Professor Leads Effort to Aid Black Comp-Sci PhD Students

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 8/30/2018

    Dr. Suzanne T. Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), said the guidelines are “spot-on” and “extremely promising” and can help underrepresented minority students across disciplines.


    “The bottom line is the guidelines … are absolutely consistent with previous research that CGS has done on the completion of underrepresented STEM students,” she said. “As is always the case, the big challenge is how we get more faculty and more degree programs to implement them. Universities and programs and funder’s need to change their reward structure to recognize high-quality and high-impact mentoring.”


    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).


    Annual Change in First-Time International Graduate Applications and Enrollment in the United States, by Selected Country or Region of Origin, Fall 2012 to Fall 2017

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/19/2018

    For the first time in more than a decade, international applications for first-time enrollment in graduate school at American institutions decreased from the previous year, and so did first-time enrollment. Although the number of applications from China and India dropped, they still represented nearly two-thirds of all international applications for master's, graduate certificate, and doctoral programs.


    The Gender Imbalance in China's PhD Studies: Why Women Make Up Only a Third of the Cohort

    China Society, 8/14/2018

    According to Ministry of Education figures, women accounted for only 38.63 per cent of overall PhD students in China in 2016, but accounted for 50.6 per cent of all postgraduates.


    But in the same year in the United States, women were awarded more than half of doctorates – 52.1 per cent – for the eighth straight year, according to figures from the Council of Graduate Schools.


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


    US Academies Call for Reshaping of Postgraduate STEM Education

    Times Higher Education, 6/6/2018

    Committee member Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, underscored that point during the news conference, saying that institutions that wish to adopt the report’s recommendations can start by not making students who don’t want or find tenure-track faculty jobs feel “guilty”.


    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.


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