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THEY SAY I'LL NEVER GET A JOB
A master's student who is thinking about seeking a doctorate asks 'Shouldn't I do what I do best?'
 
 
(September 2014)
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THE PROFESSOR IS IN: LEARNING THE ROPES AS AN INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT
Financially and culturally foreign students face many hurdles in pursuing an academic career at an American campus.
 
(September 2014)
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​HELP, MY GRAD STUDENT WANTS TO PURSUE A NONACADEMIC CAREER!
Faculty advisers wear many hats in their relationships with graduate students, but career-transition counselor may be outside the scope of their expertise. And that’s OK.  
 
(September 2014)
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​MORE BAD ADVISE GRAD STUDENTS GET
No, depression in graduate school is not normal, and other misguided guidance.  
 
(September 2014)
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​TENURE-TRACK WISDOM, PART 1
The first in a series of interview with faculty members about what they learned during their first year on tenure track.  
 
(September 2014)
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Face It: YOUR DECKS WILL NEVER BE CLEARED
If you don't find ways to get your scholarly writing done first, everything but your writing will get done.  
 
(August 2014)
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​SURVIVING YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL ADVISER
Every graduate student understands the importance of the adviser-student relationship.  Surviving Your Graduate Adviser examines the elements crucial to a successful partnership. 
 
(April 2014)
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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
Associate professors, in theory, should be hitting a stride in their academic careers.  In the middle ranks of faculty, they have typically earned tenure and started to take on broader responsibilities in their departments, juggling more service and governance roles with their teaching and research.
 
(April 2014)
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​​​IN DEFENSE OF THE MASTER'S DEGREE
In the United States and throughout the world, an important debate is taking place regarding the costs and benefits of higher education.  In the post Great Recession era, issues such as employability, return on investment, and student debt levels have come to the fore.
 
(April 2014)
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​​ONLINE GRADUATE DEGREES HIT A SWEET SPOT OF QUALITY, CONVENIENCE
From full master's degrees to professional certificates, online classes offer a wide variety of styles and subjects.  While distance learning is hardly new, technology has now made it possible - and attractive - for hundreds of highly regarded U.S. institutions to offer their postgraduate degrees to students around the world.
 
(March 2014)
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HOW MUCH LOAN DEBT IS FROM GRAD STUDENTS?  MORE THAN YOU THINK
Twenty-five percent of graduate students owe nearly $100,000 in student loans.  The $1.1 trillion student debt problem that politicians and advocates say is saddling young college graduates with unmanageable amounts of loan debt actually may be more like a $600 billion problem, largely due to the increasing amounts of debt graduate students are taking on, according to a new report from the New America Foundation.
 
(March 2014)
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GRAD-SCHOOL DEBT IS SAID TO RISE RAPIDLY AND DESERVE MORE POLICY ATTENTION
Conversations about increases in student debt often focus on undergraduate borrowers and the rising price of bachelor's degree.  But the largest changes in student borrowing are taking place in graduate education, a new report says.
 
(March 2014)
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GRADUATE-SCHOOL DEBT IS RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT DEGREES' WORTH
When Abigail B. Williams first started graduate school, debt wasn't on her mind.  Like growing numbers of students beginning graduate programs, she arrived with student-loan debt already, having borrowed thousands of dollars to pay for her undergraduate education.  But that didn't deter her from taking out more loans.
 
(March 2014)
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MORE THAN ONE POSSIBLE FUTURE
Lots of graduate students enter Ph.D. programs in the arts and sciences hoping to become professors someday.  I won't unfurl a scroll of statistics here, because the numbers vary by field, but the bottom line is clear:  Half of them won't even finish the degree, and of those who do, some will become professors but plenty of others won't.
 
(March 2014)
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​GRADUATE STUDIES WEDNESDAYS 
Join us at the Graduate Studies Office at Sabal Hall 1.202 every Wednesday from March 26 through April 23 to learn more about our Graduate Degree Programs.  Get the chance to meet and interact with graduate faculty, complete your graduate application with staff assistance, and address questions about financial aid and scholarships.
 
(March 2014)
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​AS DATA PROLIFERATE, SO DO DATA-RELATED GRADUATE PROGRAMS
One hundred and fifty applicants for 30 spots.  That was the target as business-school administrators at the University of Texas at Austin laid the groundwork for a new master's-degree program in business analytics.  This past fall, they welcomed the inaugural class:  52 students selected from more than 400 applicants.
 
(February 2014)
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LIBERAL ARTS GRADS WIN LONG-TERM

Liberal arts majors may start off slower than others when it comes to the postgraduate career path, but they close much of the salary and unemployment gap over time, a new report shows.
 
(January 2014)
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TO FIX GRADUATE EDUCATION, JOHNS HOPKINS U. GRAPPLES WITH SOME TRADE-OFFS

The critiques of graduate education have been building in recent years:  Too many programs, scholars warn, enroll too many people who struggle to make ends meet while in graduate school, take on too much debt, and outnumber the tenure-track jobs they are being trained to fill.
 
(January 2014)
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HOW SHOULD GRADUATE SCHOOL CHANGE?

I talk a lot in this column about how graduate programs might be run differently.  The graduate enterprise faces a lot of problems, so there's plenty to talk about.  But I don't run a graduate program, and we don't hear enough from the people who do.  There's a reason for that.
 
(January 2014)
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ONLINE GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS RECEIVE NATIONAL RANKINGS

The University of Texas at Brownsville has been recognized by a nationwide magazine for its online education programs.  U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings on Wednesday, Jan. 8.  UTB received rankings on three lists:  10th in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, 60th in Best Online Nursing Graduate Programs, 75th in Best Online Graduate Business Programs.
 
(January 2014)
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ON WRITING IN GRAD SCHOOL

I recently filled the pages of the notebook that I carry with me almost everywhere.  Free writing is a habit I started as an undergraduate in Paris, agog and doe-eyed and trying to catch as many moments of my time abroad as I could manage.  It's a habit that continued in graduate school and one that offers an unmatched sense of accomplishment.
 
(January 2014)
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PRODUCTIVE WRITER BY THE CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL

Jose Mckinnon, 28 of Tampico, Mexico and Brownsville, had a fascination growing up that a lot of children typically have:  He wanted to be an astronaut.  "I find great beauty in astronomy.  It is plain fascinating, exciting and fun:  space, stars, planets, black holes, deep space and all the mysteries that are yet to be discovered," said McKinnon, a student in The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas - San Antonio's joint doctoral program in physics.
 
(November 2013)
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PRODUCTIVE WRITER BY THE CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL

Do you have writing goals for your thesis, dissertation, or other writing projects in 2013-2014?  Have you resolved to be a more productive writer this academic year?  If so, join our community of writers by subscribing to the Productive Writer listserv to receive emails twice a month with advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer.
 
(September 2013)
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COMMON PITFALLS TO AVOID IN YOUR CV

If you are applying for a staff position in academe, you may know a bit about the tug-of-war inherent in trying to collapse your entire career into a single-page, one-sided résumé, without resorting to microscopic fonts and invisible margins.
 
(September 2013)
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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL

So you are starting graduate school, eh?  Against all of our best advice here in the blogosphere, you are determined to embark on the scholarly life.  Well, you know what I have to say about that?
 
(August 2013)
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MASTER'S DEGREE IS NEW FRONTIER OF STUDY ONLINE

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master's degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution.  It even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education.
 
(August 2013)
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10 MUST-ASK QUESTIONS FOR THE CAMPUS INTERVIEW

Visiting a campus for the first time can be a dizzying and chaotic experience even when you are just attending a conference or visiting a colleague.  When you are in town to interview for a position it can be even more stressful, which is one reason why it's important to think ahead about questions you want answered or people you want to meet while there.
 
(August 2013)
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THE PROFESSOR IS IN

Karen Kelsky is a career consultant who runs the Web site The Professor Is In.  She's been a tenured professor at two public universities (Oregon and Illinois) and has advised many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mentored junior faculty.
 
(August 2013)
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INTRODUCING VITAE, A NEW ONLINE SERVICE FROM THE CHRONICLE

The Chronicle of Higher Education has always been known as a place to find a job in academe as well as to read news and advice about the intricacies of careers on campuses around the world.  For more than 35 years, job seekers have relied on the hundreds of classified ads every week in our print edition, and, since the 1990s, on our website everyday. 
 
(July 2013)
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HEAD OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES QUITS AFTER Résumé controversy

Leslie Cohen Berlowitz has agreed to resign as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on July 31, after she was accused of embellishing her résumé with a spurious doctoral degree, The Boston Globe reported.
 
(July 2013)
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THE ROLLING STONES AND GRADUATE-SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

Jazz ensembles typically feature a commanding central figure - think Miles Davis or Coltrane ringed by highly mutable lineups of often brilliant sidemen.  Rock bands, as the term "band" suggests, tend to be less fluid, even when a celebrated lead singer or "guitar hero" fronts a generally stable but occasionally shifting group of fellow band members.
 
(July 2013)
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LET'S END THESIS TYRANNY

Many of my first year college students have been battle-trained in writing thesis statements by the time I get them.  But rather than opening doors to thought, the thesis quickly closes them.  Instead of offering a guiding hand, the thesis carries a baseball bat, muscling its way into writer's thoughts and beating information into submission.
 
(July 2013)
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YOU HAVE THE M.A. WHAT NOW?

As career counselors for graduate students, we often hear from people who are (or were) in a master's program and are uncertain about their career options.  Some of them intended to seek a Ph.D. but opted to leave academe with an M.A. or M.S.  We thought that in this column, we would focus on evaluating career goals for such students.
 
(July 2013)
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PH.D. ATTRITION:  HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

When William Chace entered graduate school in English at the University of California at Berkeley in 1961, he was one of an astonishing 120 new graduate students in his department alone.  Of that cohort, just 12 wound up receiving Ph.D.'s.
 
(July 2013)
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THE HUMANITIES, DECLINING?  NOT ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS

In recent years, enrollments in the humanities have plummeted.  The evidence is everywhere:  Last month, in The New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg noted "the recent shift away from the humanities" in an essay titled "The Decline and Fall of the English Major."
 
(July 2013)
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BIOLOGY PROFESSOR AND GRADUATE STUDENT TO TRAVEL TO SIBERIA ON RESEARCH TRIP

A member of The University of Texas at Brownsville's Department of Biological Sciences will travel to Siberia this summer to conduct ongoing research on climate warming, the increase of wildfires and carbon cycling.  Dr. Heather Alexander, an Assistant Professor teaching Plant Ecology, Global Change Biology and South Texas Ecosystems leaves Tuesday, July 9 for the Northeast Science Station.
 
(July 2013)
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STUDENTS EXPERIENCE THE SCANDANAVIAN PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fourteen students in the School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville recently returned from a three-week study abroad trip to Sweden and Denmark.  Dr. Mostafa Malki, Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Economics said the focus of the trip was to meet with public and private officials in charge of economic and business development.
 
(June 2013)
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STUDENT EARNS FIRST DOUBLE DEGREE FROM UTB AND RUSSIAN UNIVERSITY

Liudmila "Mila" Svetlova, an international graduate student at The University of Texas at Brownsville, is breaking ground on a new double degree program between UTB and the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.
 
(June 2013)
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TO APPLY OR NOT TO APPLY

Advising graduate students can be hard work, but advising students who want to go to graduate school may be harder.  Plenty of professors now say that students considering graduate school should pass it up.
 
(June 2013)
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