Association of American Universities

To construct more student-centered educational environments for all graduate students by active institutional and departmental support for a variety of career options and for increased inclusion of students from underrepresented groups

  • Amount $301,550
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Tobin Smith
  • Year 2018
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM

Funds from this grant support a multidimensional national effort by the Association of American Universities (AAU) to help make U.S. graduate education more student-centered. The need for such an effort stems from a recognition that the organization of much of graduate education has been too focused on the singular goal of research productivity at the expense of preparing doctoral students for a broader array of professional careers inside and outside the academy. AAU will run a pilot program at 8 universities drawn from its 62 highly respected member institutions. Over the course of three years, two departments from each university will conduct analyses to support the development and implementation of action plans to provide greater support for students’ pursuits of diverse Ph.D. career pathways The project will also increase transparency by making Ph.D. and career outcomes data readily available, and foster cross-institutional learning and broad dissemination of effective strategies and practices through workshops, virtual webinars, and activities aimed at fostering more student-centered educational environments for all doctoral students.

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