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ERIC Number: ED536859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
The Responsive Ph.D.: Innovations in U.S. Doctoral Education
Weisbuch, Robert
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (NJ1)
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation does not like to write reports. Typically, Woodrow Wilson translates ideas into academic practices. This said, having engaged 14 (and ultimately 20) graduate schools to work on the Responsive Ph.D.--as the authors called their initiative--it is time to report on what they have accomplished, and on what they have learned. To maintain Woodrow Wilson's prejudice for action, this report is meant to be especially direct and useable. Like the overarching initiative it reflects, it has four themes, distilled from their reading of the various research reports on the state of the doctorate: (1) new paradigms; (2) new practices; (3) new people; and (4) new partnerships. Structured around these themes, this report on the Responsive Ph.D. offers a small number of recommendations, a range of means for acting on each, and some examples from the participating universities. Together, these institutions have created more than forty innovations that demonstrate the four themes. These four themes are treated in the body of the report. Behind them, however, lie four encompassing principles, discovered through the lived experience of this effort. These principles must be stated at the outset, for they guide this presentation of the results of the Responsive Ph.D. Assessing Best Practices: case studies from 14 responsive ph.d. universities are appended. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts; The Atlantic Philanthropies; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Henry Luce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Identifiers - Location: United States