- Doctorates Going Down the Tube?- Inside Higher Ed reports that according to the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates the number of doctorates that American universities awarded has dropped from 49,554 in 2009 to 48,069 in 2010. This is the first year since 2002 that this number has fallen, and it fell a whopping 3%. While part of this drop can be attributed to the Survey of Earned Doctorates viewing many education doctorates as pre-professional, the numbers still show there were other major factors at play.
- What’s Keeping Grad School Deans Up at Night- The Chronicle of Education looks at the discussions that took place at the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting, where hundreds of grad school deans searched for solutions to the pressing issues facing their programs. One of the major topics up for discussion was how to provide training in graduate school that prepares PhDs for careers outside academia. The deans also spoke about the continued effect of the financial crisis on their programs and how to mitigate the impact.
- Brown Builds a Knowledge District- The New York Times reports that Brown University is developing a 360-acre Knowledge District to bring high-tech, high-paying jobs to Rhode Island. The Knowledge District has been developing over the past three years and is supported by the state as part of its plan to bring more jobs to Rhode Island through its hospitals and colleges. In addition to Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, Hasbro toy makers will also be moving into old buildings in the Knowledge District, which will create 284 new full-time jobs.
- Cornell Building $350 Million High-Tech School in Manhattan- The New York Times reported that Cornell University—with its partner, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology—will build a high-tech graduate school on Roosevelt island in Manhattan. Charles F. Feeney is the alumnus of Cornell that provided the $350 million needed to build; it’s the largest gift in Cornell’s history. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the campus is part of his broader goal to put New York City in a position to become “the new technology capital of the world.”
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