ERIC Number: ED358782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-12
Shaping Graduate Education's Future: Improving the Doctoral Experience.
Beeler, Karl J.
A discussion of graduate higher education suggests that shifts in demography of graduate school students and changes in traditional doctoral programs will lead to increased participation in doctoral study by the nation's best and brightest students. Declines in doctoral program participation due to demographic shifts, decreasing financial support, labor market trends, role confusion and abuse of power in graduate programs, point to a need for program restructuring. With thinking and determination it should be possible to make changes in graduate education within the individual university. General suggestions for change include enhancing the understanding of contemporary graduate students who include more women, adult students, and minority students. Other changes could include improved faculty advising, redefining the role and relevance of the dissertation, increasing financial incentives, implementing programs of early recruitment, and establishing alternative tracks. An over all re-examination of the doctoral experience is in order and should be reasonably informed by a genuine effort to understand contemporary graduate students. Contains 29 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 10-12, 1993).