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ERIC Number: ED172684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-23
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Graduate Education for the Earthquake Generation.
Bevan, William
The nature of graduate education, the job market, and the problem of institutional self-renewal are considered. Trends of leveling off of graduate enrollment and of Ph.D. production and a dramatic increase in the level of postdoctoral training have occurred. The oversupply of Ph.D.-producing institutions and the need for financial support of graduate students so that institutions can maintain viable training programs are noted. Federal training support has continued to be reduced, and as financial support for students has shrunk, institutional costs have increased. Statistics illustrating increased costs in college operations are cited. Two other problems that threaten the job market and the future of graduate programs reside in the projections of the probable size of the student pool and the demography of the typical faculty. Statistics outlining the nature of these problems are cited. A flexible integration of the historical strengths of liberal education with the strengths of the professional school is proposed. The need for diversity in the advanced years of predoctoral training as well as in postdoctoral education, and the need to consider the private sector for new research and career opportunities are noted. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A