At a Crossroads

New findings on Emory graduate students

Academic Exchange September 2000

At a Crossroads: The Future of Graduate Education at Emory

We need to develop a broader curriculum . . . to better prepare students for non-academic career paths.
--Bryan Noe, Director of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Changing the curriculum to prepare students for non-academic careers could be a gross mistake.
--Pam Hall, Director of Graduate Studies in Women's Studies

A tale of three Ph.D.s

"Faculty, Students, and 'Emotional Support"
--by Martine W. Brownley

In 1999, the Office of Institutional Planning and Research conducted a survey of Emory graduate students. Among the survey highlights:

Three-quarters of respondents rate their academic experience as very good or excellent.

Eighty-three percent view faculty as accessible, and 71 percent see faculty as actively supportive of student success; however, about 45 percent of students seeking advice on careers and life issues related to the profession were disappointed in their advising.

Roughly two-thirds of respondents consider their preparation for teaching to be good or excellent.