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ERIC Number: ED509441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-29
Pages: 71
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 141
The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States
Wendler, Cathy; Bridgeman, Brent; Cline, Fred; Millett, Catherine; Rock, JoAnn; Bell, Nathan; McAllister, Patricia
Educational Testing Service
It has been argued that in the knowledge economy, a graduate degree will become the new bachelor's degree, the minimal education credential that high-skills employers require. If that is so, then the United States is in peril of losing its competitive edge, with long-term consequences for the economy, its citizens' quality of life, and its global standing. This report examines the data behind these assertions, and proposes a set of recommendations to strengthen U.S. graduate education in partnership with industry and government. Policymakers, institutions of higher education, and business leaders all have a stake in the process of producing well-prepared graduate degree holders. People with graduate degrees teach in schools and universities, drive innovation, attract intellectual and commercial investment, and strengthen American prestige and economic power. This report provides a clear view of the roadblocks and the pathways to a graduate degree and to an improved system of graduate education in the United States. (Contains 3 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service
Identifiers - Location: United States