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The Cyclical Problems of Graduate Education and Institutional Responses in the 1990s


When in January, 1900, five university presidents–Charles William Eliot of Harvard, William Rainey Harper of Chicago, Benjamin Ide Wheeler of California,  Seth Low of Columbia, and Daniel Coit Gilman of Johns Hopkins–invited nine other United States university presidents to meet in the  following  month in  Chicago  for the purpose of forming a permanent organization devoted to  “matters of  common  interest  …

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Increasing Student Retention in Graduate and Professional Programs

Using the assessment model from the University of California Berkeley, describes how research can inform policies and strategies for increasing graduate student retention by focusing on the interplay of institutional, disciplinary and student characteristics. Nerad, M.  &  Sands Miller, D. (1996). Increasing Student Retention in Graduate and Professional Programs.  In  Haworth, J. G. Assessment in Graduate and Professional Programs: Demand, …

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Beyond Traditional Modes of Mentoring

This chapter describes the four major strategies developed at the University of California Berkeley to assist faculty in advising graduate students. Examples of the strategies in action are included from the In Balance Program. Nerad, M. (1995). Beyond Traditional Modes of Mentoring. In Nancy A Gaffney, Ed, A Conversation About Mentoring: Trends and Models,  Washington, D.C.: Council of Graduate Schools, pp. …

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Japanese Doctoral Education

This paper gives an overview of changes in Japan’s doctoral education programs, a more detailed look at changes in Germany’s doctoral programs and compares the new German program’s strengths and weaknesses to American doctoral education.  An earlier version of this paper was presented at an invitational seminar of the National Research Council, Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel in June 1994. Download: …

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Using Time, Money, and Human Resources Efficiently and Effectively in the Case of Women Graduate Students

Interview data are presented shedding light on additional factors and concerns of woment graduate students that are related to lower participation in graduate studies and higher attrition. Nerad, M. (1992). Paper presented at the conference, Science and Engineering Programs: On Target for Women? sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council/Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, March.  See also …

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Doctoral Education at the University of California and Factors Affecting Time-to-Degree

This study examined time-to-degree at the University of California in order to determine if students took longer on average to complete their doctoral degrees than they did 20 years ago. It presents factors which may have led to long time-to-degree, addresses underlying structural reasons for prolonged time-to-degree among all students and examines whether or not these factors influence ethnic minorities …

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Assessing Doctoral Student Experience: Gender and Departmental Culture

This study investigated gender differences experienced by doctoral students at a major research university during 1987-88.  Clear differences emerged between how men and women assessed distribution of department resources and relationships with faculty, with women’s assessments being significantly more negative. Hierarchical regression analysis showed a relationship between positive departmental culture and time-to-degree for women and men in some fields. Nerad, …

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From Facts to Action: Expanding the Education Role of the Graduate Division

Breaking out of its traditional administrative role, the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley, undertook research and used the findings to design and implement programs which encouraged students to complete their degrees and to do so in a reasonable amount of time. An excellent example of how a graduate school can play an active role in improving graduate …

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A Second Look at Mentoring Graduate Students: Some Provocative Thoughts

While mentoring is recognized as highly beneficial, the traditional model of faculty mentoring carries high risks of failure and is not always feasible. Network mentoring and peer mentoring are promising alternatives. Nerad, M. (1990) A Second Look at Mentoring Graduate Students: Some Provocative Thoughts. Presented at the University of California System-wide Graduate Division Conference, Monterey, CA, November 13. Download: A Second …

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Easing the Way for Graduate Students

Easing the Way for Graduate Students: A Guide to Successful Departmental Activities in Support of Graduate Students, Graduate Division, University of California at Berkeley. This comprehensive notebook was compiled for departmental chairs, graduate advisers, graduate assistants, and graduate students at UC Berkeley. It is intended to be a resource for all doctoral programs and a means for exchanging ideas for activities …

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