Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers

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National Academies Press, May 25, 1995 - Education - 220 pages
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Are we producing too many PhDs? Does the current graduate education system adequately prepare science and engineering students for today's marketplace? How do foreign students enter the picture? What should be the PhD of the future? These and other questions are addressed in this book by a blue-ribbon panel of scientists and engineers. Recommendations are aimed at creating a new PhD that would retain the existing strengths of the current system while substantially increasing the information available, the potential versatility of students, and the career options afforded to them by their PhD education.

  

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF GRADUATE EDUCATION 11
THE EMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS 19
THE EDUCATION OF GRADUATE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS 47
DISCUSSION OF MAJOR RELATED ISSUES 65
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 75
A BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON COMMITTEE MEMBERS 93
CONTENTS ix
EMPLOYMENT TRENDS AMONG SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS WITH GRADUATE 139
RESPONDENTS TO CALL FOR COMMENTS 173
E PANELISTS 179
G SUMMARY OF RESPONSES TO SURVEY ON INFORMATION NEEDS 197
REFERENCES 203

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