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Dr. Maresi Nerad is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE), the first center for studies on graduate education in the U.S. and worldwide, and Associate Professor (tenured) for Higher Education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, College of Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Nerad received her doctorate …

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Postdoctoral Appointments and Employment: Patterns of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients Ten-plus Years after Ph.D. Completion

This paper highlights major findings regarding postdoctoral appointments and employment outcomes of science and engineering doctoral recipients ten to thirteen years after receiving the PhD. These results are part of comprehensive study, PhDs -Ten Years Later. Nerad, M. & Cerny, J. (2002).  Postdoctoral Appointments and Employment: Patterns of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients Ten-plus Years after Ph.D. Completion. Communicator, VXXXV(7). Download: Postdoctoral …

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Maresi Nerad, Dean in Residence

Professor Nerad assumed as a Dean In Residence in the Council of Graduate  School in March 2000.  See more Communicator, XXXIII (2), March 2000  

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Widening the Circle: Another Look at Women Graduate Students

Today, graduate women are still lagging behind their male counterparts. In this paper we will try to explain, both historically and empirically, the situation of women doctoral students and what problems keep them from parity with male students. We will present practical suggestions for graduate deans on how to improve the present situation and how to truly welcome women into …

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Postdoctoral Patterns, Career Advancement, and Problems

Postdoctoral appointments can have different functions and meanings, depending on the field and whether the postdoc is a man or a woman. This papers summarizes the findings from the Ph.D.s—Ten Years Later survey for biochemists and mathematicians. Nerad, M. & Cerny, J. (1999). Postdoctoral Patterns, Career Advancement, and Problems, Science, Vol. 285, pp. 1533-1535  Download: Postdoctoral Patterns

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From Rumors to Facts: Career Outcomes of English PhDs

The cohorts of English doctorates sampled for this study have been called “the lost generation of humanists.” But were they really lost? This article traces the often difficult transition from receiving the PhD to stable employment, examines the level of satisfaction or dissatisfaction English PhDs have with their current employment, and discusses the value they place on their doctoral education. …

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The Institution Cares: Berkeley’s Efforts to Support Dissertation Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In the humanities and social sciences, the time to finish a doctoral degree, and especially the dissertation-writing stage of the doctoral degree, can be significantly influenced if students work in a collaborative environment; are not left alone in their struggle to progress with their disserations; interact with their advisors frequently; are given information about academic publishing; and have a financial …

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Increasing Student Retention in Graduate and Professional Programs

Using the assessment model from the University of California Berkeley, describes how research can inform policies and strategies for increasing graduate student retention by focusing on the interplay of institutional, disciplinary and student characteristics. Nerad, M.  &  Sands Miller, D. (1996). Increasing Student Retention in Graduate and Professional Programs.  In  Haworth, J. G. Assessment in Graduate and Professional Programs: Demand, …

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From Facts to Action: Expanding the Education Role of the Graduate Division

Breaking out of its traditional administrative role, the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley, undertook research and used the findings to design and implement programs which encouraged students to complete their degrees and to do so in a reasonable amount of time. An excellent example of how a graduate school can play an active role in improving graduate …

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Implementation Analysis

This paper reflect on the the use of implementation analysis as a means both for analysis and prediction of higher education reforms in Germany. It argues that the implementation approach is useful as an analytic tool but does not help determine the success or failure of reform. Nerad, M. (1984). A New Magic Tool for Research in Higher Education or Why Don’t we …

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