To Fix Graduate Education, Johns Hopkins U. Grapples With Some Trade-Offs

Fixing Graduate Education: the Trade-Offs 1

Will Kirk,

Katherine Newman, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins U., says that with fewer students, programs can pay them what they need to be "fully devoted to their research year-round and be competitive in an unprecedented job market."

The critiques of graduate education have been building in recent years: Too many programs, scholars warn, enroll too many people who struggle to make ends meet while in graduate school, take on too much debt, and outnumber the tenure-track jobs they are being trained to fill.

At the Johns Hopkins University, administrators watching the shifting landscape have decided that the time has come to respond.

The humanities and social-science programs in the university's Krieger