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Daily Report – Day 3 – Wednesday, March 25

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“What actions could you take tomorrow as administrators to point us in a new direction for graduate education?” – Forces and Forms III Early Career Researchers, March 25, 2009 Just as the weather warmed up today, so did the pace and intensity of action-oriented discussion about key issues in doctoral education worldwide. The day started with constructive challenges in the …

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Daily Report – Day 2 – Tuesday, March 24

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Today snow alternated with sunshine. Inside, a flurry of comments, ideas and recommendations from workshop participants brightened the topic du jour: internationalization and inequality in doctoral education. By Friday, participants will finalize new policy recommendations and action steps about this topic and others. The day started with a progress report from the hard-working, 14-member Task Force One. They asked all …

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Daily Report – Day 1 – Monday, March 23

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“At Kassel, we move from analysis to action —we’re going public.” Sixty representatives from six continents met today in Kassel, Germany to position doctoral education as a more powerful force for addressing the world’s challenges. Despite cold rain outside, warmth and collegiality characterized interactions between attendees, some of whom had not seen each other since the previous Forces and Forces …

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NSF Welcome – Carol Stoel

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Welcome to the first day of the conference! Despite being unable to join us, Carol Stoel, from the NSF, was kind enough to prerecord a welcome statement for us. Her speech, which will be played at the conference this morning, will serve as a welcome to those of you who are following along via the Internet.

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Inside Higher Ed reports on Time to Doctoral Degree findings

Inside Higher Ed, a U.S. daily newletter on events in higher education, summarizes findings from our Social Sciences 5+ project in this article. Visit it for a summary of our work and a lively discussion in the comments area. Insider Higher Ed news article Social Sciences 5+ link

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Assisting students through the first year

Attrition rates among master’s and doctoral students are often alarmingly high. The 50th installment of the First-Year Experience Monograph Series describes the challenges associated with entry into graduate study and offers information about new initiatives and programs designed to ease their transition—from unique orientations and mentoring structures to transition courses and graduate student centers.  [Click for this article]

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Sociology Report

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Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on sociology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths. The sociologists in this study, like respondents in other fields, reported positive evaluations of their graduate training programs.  They rated their programs highly with respect to academic rigor and training in thinking critically. However, ratings were substantially …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: History Report

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Respondents give high marks to their history programs for “academic rigor,” and training in “critical thinking” and “data analysis and synthesis.” They also identified areas to target for improvement, including training in writing and publishing reports and articles and in how to teach, as well as providing concrete feedback to students on their progress, socializing students into the academic community …

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Social Science PhDs-Five+ Years Out: Geography PhDs

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Geography respondents from the Social Science PhD’s – Five+ Years Out survey reflected upon their doctoral education and indicated areas that could use improvement, including: career preparation for academic and non-academic careers, help with publishing from the dissertation adviser, training in writing and publishing received during PhD studies, and training for teaching. Babbit, V.,  Rudd, E., Morrison, E., Picciano, J., …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Communications Report

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Communication PhDs find faculty positions more readily than doctorate holders in other social science fields. Whether in faculty positions or working in business, government, or non-profit sectors, the majority are satisfied with their jobs and career paths. When assessing careers from the perspective of balancing work and family, both men and women report problems combining work and family, but women …

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