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Are You Satisfied? PhD Education and Faculty Taste for Prestige-Limits of the Prestige Value System

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This paper empirically evaluates Caplow and McGee’s (The academic marketplace, 1958) model of academia as a prestige value system (PVS) by testing several hypotheses about the relationship between prestige of faculty appointment and job satisfaction. Using logistic regression models to predict satisfaction with several job domains in a sample of more than 1,000 recent social science PhD graduates who hold …

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Graduate Education and its changes in the U.S.

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Changes in graduate education in the U.S. emerges from the bottom up: from individual departments of programs not from a ministry or a central agency that initiates reform. In fact, there is no ministry of higher education or ministry of sciences and technology in the U.S. Graduate programs and Graduate Schools –the latter are the administrators, advocates and catalysts for …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Sociology Report

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Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on sociology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths. The sociologists in this study, like respondents in other fields, reported positive evaluations of their graduate training programs.  They rated their programs highly with respect to academic rigor and training in thinking critically. However, ratings were substantially …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: History Report

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Respondents give high marks to their history programs for “academic rigor,” and training in “critical thinking” and “data analysis and synthesis.” They also identified areas to target for improvement, including training in writing and publishing reports and articles and in how to teach, as well as providing concrete feedback to students on their progress, socializing students into the academic community …

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Social Science PhDs-Five+ Years Out: Geography PhDs

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Geography respondents from the Social Science PhD’s – Five+ Years Out survey reflected upon their doctoral education and indicated areas that could use improvement, including: career preparation for academic and non-academic careers, help with publishing from the dissertation adviser, training in writing and publishing received during PhD studies, and training for teaching. Babbit, V.,  Rudd, E., Morrison, E., Picciano, J., …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Communications Report

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Communication PhDs find faculty positions more readily than doctorate holders in other social science fields. Whether in faculty positions or working in business, government, or non-profit sectors, the majority are satisfied with their jobs and career paths. When assessing careers from the perspective of balancing work and family, both men and women report problems combining work and family, but women …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Anthropology Report

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Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on anthropology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths.  Offers evidence for the continuing relevance of PhD training for anthropologists’ careers and also suggests that programs and dissertation advisors leave students too much on their own when it comes to mastering practical skills and knowledge that …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Spotlight on Doctoral Education #2: Professional Development for PhD Students: Do They Really Need It?

This analysis distinguishes between the PhD completion skills normally acquired in completing PhD research (critical thinking, data analysis and synthesis, writing and publishing, and research design) and the professional skills (working with diverse groups, working in interdisciplinary contexts, teamwork, presenting, grant writing, and managing people and budgets) that more and more PhD recipients are finding crucial to success in their …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Spotlight on Doctoral Education #1: Finally Equal Footing for Women?

The first in a series of spotlights on hot issues in doctoral education, this report focuses on the potential for gender equality in careers of social science doctorate holders using findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out, CIRGE’s most recent national survey. Rudd, E., Morrison, E. Picciano, J., & Nerad, M. (2008). Finally equal footing for women in social science …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Sociology Report

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Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on sociology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths. The sociologists in this study, like respondents in other fields, reported positive evaluations of their graduate training programs.  They rated their programs highly with respect to academic rigor and training in thinking critically. However, ratings were substantially …

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