ERIC Number: ED239546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-1
Reference Count: 0
Signs of Trouble and Erosion: A Report on Graduate Education in America. [Final Report.]
National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
A report on U.S. graduate education that focuses on issues of financing arts and sciences programs is presented by the Graduate Education Subcommittee of the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, chaired by John Brademas. Study objectives were to determine: adequacy of sources and levels of support for graduate students, financial constraints to graduate school attendance by talented students, growing levels of indebtedness of graduates, and underrepresentation of disadvantaged groups in various fields of graduate study. The need for new or modified federal aid programs for graduate students, especially in the humanities and social sciences, was addressed. After reviewing the importance of graduate education and research, the following problems are considered: maintaining a high quality faculty; the loss of talented students; and inadequate equipment and library collections. Reasons for the erosion in the graduate enterprise are addressed, including demographic shifts, the academic market, federal support, and cost problems. An agenda for federal action and 10 recommendations are suggested. Appendices include: a list of witnesses offering testimony, information on issues relating to graduate student finance, discussions of the participation of minority groups and female students, and a three-page bibliography. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Federal Aid, Females, Financial Needs, Financial Problems, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Retrenchment, Student Financial Aid
Graduate Education Report, Office of External Affairs, New York University, 25 West Fourth St., Room 506, New York, NY 10012.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 228 926-958, ED 228 969-975, ED 234 730-734.