A colleague who read my post yesterday on the changing perceptions of dissertations sent me a link to this article which she thought was "an interesting extension of your ideas about a University 2.0."
American graduate schools -- strong in developing specific skills in talented students -- must do more to inform students about career options and prepare graduates for non-academic workplaces, a new Council of Graduate Schools study suggests.
Among the study’s other findings: - Some employers are wary of online graduate programs, suggesting the individual nature of those degrees makes students less prepared for collaborative work. - Just about one-third of graduate students said they had adequate information about careers before enrolling. - A majority of students cited personal enrichment, supplementing undergraduate work and fulfilling job requirements for a future career as reasons for pursuing graduate studies. (Students were allowed to choose more than one reason.) - Seventy-three percent of students seek out career advice from graduate faculty. - Though figures vary by field, around half of new doctoral degree recipients found initial employment outside the academy.