Doctoral Education Committee Resources

Background and resources

Four reports were among the materials the committee has used to inform its discussions about graduate education. 

Pathways Through Graduate School and into Careers

The link between graduate education and American prosperity has never been stronger than it is today. But little is known at the granular level about what graduates do, how their work life progresses, and how well the preparation they receive equips them for the careers they pursue. The Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers examined the views of groups that directly observe and experience this journey — students, universities, and employers — to learn what these stakeholders seek, where they find success, and where their needs and goals remain unmet.
Download the executive summary of the Commission's report (pdf)

NIH Report on the Biomedical Research Workforce

A working group of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director was formed to develop a model for a sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce that can inform decisions about training the optimal number of people for positions that will advance science and promote health. The working group was asked to make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical research infrastructure.
Download draft NIH report on Biomedical Research Workforce

Research Universities and the Future of America

Expressing concern that the nation’s universities are at risk, Congress asked the National Academies to assess the competitive position of America’s research universities, both public and private. What are the top 10 actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others can take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education?
Download the National Research Council's report

Report of Brown's Working Group on Graduate Education

The Working Group on Graduate Education was convened by the dean of the Graduate School in the fall of 2007. Composed of faculty, faculty administrators, and graduate students from the four areas of graduate education at Brown, the Group was charged to “address immediate needs and long-range plans for graduate programs at Brown ... focusing principally on the size and scope of the Graduate School and on the critical role of research in graduate training and support.”
Download the final report of Brown University's Working Group on Graduate Education