Graduate Students

Enrollment in Humanities Ph.D. Programs Declines as More Graduate Schools Slim Down

The number of doctoral students in the arts and humanities fell from 2009 to 2014, says a new report. For some, the change is long overdue.


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How the U. of Missouri Became a Hotbed for Graduate-Student Activism  

A growing protest movement on the Columbia campus shows how quickly and easily tensions can flare up over their issues.


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At U. of Missouri, Grad Students Rally for Better Conditions, and Faculty Come to Their Aid

An uproar over health-care cuts has turned into a widespread protest against the university’s treatment of graduate students.

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Backlash at U. of Missouri Highlights Questions About Health Subsidies for Grad Students

The university said it would end subsidies for graduate students’ health care, citing a provision of Obamacare. Here’s a guide to the controversy.

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As Graduate-Student Debt Booms, Just a Few Colleges Are Largely Responsible  

Only 20 institutions account for nearly one-fifth of all graduate-student loans issued last year, according to a new analysis.

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A University Banks on Ph.D. Stipends to Better Compete With Its Peers

Northwestern plans to raise its minimum payment by 26 percent to attract top-notch doctoral students.


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The Ph.D. Pay Gap  

Financial support for doctoral students often divides them into haves and have-nots.


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Helping Minority Ph.D.'s in STEM: Something's Working

A new report shows progress in assisting minority students earn doctorates, but which strategies are most successful remain unclear.


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Pushing for Culture Change, Ph.D.'s Explore Careers Beyond Academe  

An unusual meeting at Berkeley offers job advice and consultation to those looking for work beyond the campus.


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Tracking the Elusive Ph.D.  

A large-scale effort to monitor career outcomes gets some traction, but five big challenges remain.


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New Job on Campus: Expanding Ph.D. Career Options  

As more doctoral students look for employment outside academe, they want universities to offer better advice.


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21st-Century Postdocs: (Still) Underpaid and Overworked

Fourteen years after the National Academies sounded an alarm about researchers’ work conditions, a new report echoes many of the same themes.

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How to Make the Case for Graduate Education

During a conference in Washington, Janet Napolitano and others urged universities to better explain to lawmakers and the public why graduate study benefits the nation.

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Doctoral Degrees Increased Last Year, but Career Opportunities Remained Bleak

Fewer new Ph.D.’s report having commitments for jobs or postdocs, with all disciplines showing dimmer prospects.


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Improv Helps Ph.D.'s Explain Their Work—and Loosen Up  

Universities see theater lessons as a way to better prepare graduate students for jobs both in and out of academe.


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How a Coalition Seeks to Bring Minority Students Into Science  

Four California universities want to create a stronger sense of community for black and Hispanic doctoral students in science and engineering.


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The Ph.D. Student's Ticking Clock  

Life is complicated. So is getting graduate students to finish faster.


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Proposal to Offer Job-Friendly English Ph.D. Draws Criticism  

A doctoral program proposed at Georgetown University includes preparation for nonacademic careers. But critics say it would cheapen the degree.

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MLA’s Effort to Reshape Ph.D. Misses Mark, Some Say

Adjuncts and graduate students say a recent report on the Ph.D. in language and literature paid too little attention to conditions for those working off the tenure track.