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At Cross Purposes: What the experiences of today´s doctoral students reveal about doctoral education

Here’s a report released in 2001 on the state of doctoral education. It looks like a serious study and the conclusion is scary:

What we learned may not be entirely surprising because our findings confirm many of the concerns that have been raised in the last 10 years. However, our data provide detailed, confirmatory evidence of particular tension points. We found that:

  • The training doctoral students receive is not what they want, nor does it prepare them for the jobs they take.- Many students do not clearly understand what doctoral study entails, how the process works and how to navigate it effectively.