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Monday, October 12, 2009

Reforming Graduate Education

New book out from Princeton UP on the Graduate Education Initiative of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, discussed on Inside Higher Ed. Not sure if any philosophy departments participated. In light of previous discussion on differential attrition rates for women in the pipeline, this should be interesting:
Chapter 7 addresses a matter of continuing concern among students, their professors, and administrators. Do marriage and childbearing affect the chances men and women have of completing their degrees and of doing so promptly? Although these questions are not at issue in the GEI, they are important. As a result, we made sure the student survey would yield data on students’ marital status when they entered graduate school and whether they had children at the time. In light of the increasing numbers of women earning PhDs in all fields and their very significant representation in the humanities, having an understanding of the relationships linking gender, marital status, and parenthood and the collective impact of all three on completion and TTD is likely to become increasingly important in the years ahead. Gender differences on average favor men, but we find these differences are due solely to the fact that married men do better than single men and single women. Marriage benefits men but does not do the same for women.

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