Interesting article in Inside Higher today.
Scott Jaschik highlights a study done by two researchers from Cornell which suggests there is a negative financial impact (lower salary) for graduates who characterized their doctoral work as interdisciplinary. The researchers analyzed data for 2010 doctoral recipients from the annual Survey of Earned Doctorate report.
Great story in the Tallahassee Democrat today on Ms. Merry Lynn Morris, former University Fellow and FSU MFA graduate in 1998. http://tallahasseedemocrat.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=0b77dd128
There is an interesting article in today's edition of Inside Higher Education about providing guidance to graduate students. Click the title to read more.
A recent study reports on the origins of political science faculty at PhD granting institutions.
Our last day was in Braunschweig where we visited the Technical Universitat of Braunschweig. Our day started with a greeting by Professor Dieter Jahn, the Vice President for Research. He explained the history of the university and provided an overview of the various research foci. The town has its roots as long ago as 800 AD.
We were welcomed by Dr. Annette Lang, Director of the International Office. She explained that Bremen is a comparatively young university having been established in 1971. Nevertheless it has recently been recognized under the German Excellence Initiative and there are two designated clusters of excellence, MARUM and BIGSSS.
We were welcomed by Dr. Anette Pieper, Director of the Northern Hemisphere Department of DAAD. She explained about the various DAAD programs and about the higher education system in Germany which consists of mostly public universities that include the Universitats and the Universities of Applied Sciences.
Student debt is a serious problem. A recent article reports on disparities across ethnicities in STEM fields, despite the widespread availability of support in these fields. Click here for the article http://chronicle.com/article/BlackHispanic-Science/139087/
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has just launched a new website that addresses the value of higher education. Click on the title to learn more.
Various groups are calling for reform in graduate education. Check out The Chronicle for Higher Education February 11, 2013 issue for the article by Stacy Patton, "The dissertation can no longer be defended" that discusses the need for reform of the dissertation.