- Inside Higher Ed offers some words of wisdom for graduate students struggling with the challenges of working independently. Nobody wants to hear “nobody cares about you,” but it can be a helpful mantra to remind students that whether you succeed or fail is completely up to you. If you manage your advisor and believe in your work then you should come out of graduate school alive.
- While there may be an increasing number of students pursuing graduate degrees, The Chronicle of Education reports that two-thirds of students in master’s programs in the US are receiving financial aid, according to the 2007-2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. The study also showed that 80% of law students, 82% of medical and other health-sciences students, 75% of professional students, 42% of doctoral students in education, and 14% of Ph.D students are also borrowing money to pay for their education.
- Inside Higher Ed examines the improving employment trends in the political science job market. The number of jobs listed with the American Political Science Association rose 11% in 2010-11, and the number of assistant professor positions rose 15%. The APSA research also shows which sector of political science has been most successful, who is getting tenure, and follows the placement trends of permanent academics and postdocs.
- Inside Higher Ed writes about a new movement to create doctoral programs in remedial and developmental education. More than one-third of all students beginning college have taken at least one remedial course, and there is a need for more specialization in the area. At the moment there is only one existing doctoral program in developmental education at Grambling State University, however, the field is growing.
- Slate takes a look at the issues facing graduates students who are overqualified for almost all jobs by the time they enter the job market. The article identifies ways that higher education in the humanities could actually pay off in the future by being more public with the information graduate schools share and training students for real careers.
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