Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tracking the Elusive Ph.D.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 22nd, 2015

Due in part to a weakening academic job market, some colleges and higher-education groups are scrambling to collect data on what sorts of jobs Ph.D.’s are getting. The American Historical Association recently pinpointed where 2,500 history Ph.D. recipients were working, while many university departments and individual researchers conduct formal and informal tracking projects of their own.
But those efforts, while lauded for shedding at least some light on Ph.D. employment outcomes, offer only disparate snapshots of the labor market and ultimately do not allow for comparisons because of a lack of uniform data.

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