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Evaluating and Improving Doctoral Education: The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. Robyn Gdula Gorka Peris May 4, 2004. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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evaluating and improving doctoral education the carnegie initiative on the doctorate

Evaluating and Improving Doctoral Education: The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate

Robyn Gdula

Gorka Peris

May 4, 2004

the carnegie foundation for the advancement of teaching
The Carnegie Foundationfor the Advancement of Teaching
  • Founded by A. Carnegie in 1905 “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education”.(www.carnegiefoundation.org)
  • Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor = Research University, Extensive (>50 Ph.D.s granted/year in >15 disciplines).
  • Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID).
the cid
The CID
  • What is the purpose of doctoral education? AND How does a graduate student become a Ph.D.?
  • To Carnegie this is: To educate and prepare those whom we can entrust the vigor, quality and integrity of the field: a steward of the discipline (www.carnegiefoundation.org/CID/index.htm)
  • To Angelica Stacy this is: To be a Ph.D. […] chemist today is to be a new type of leader, colleague, researcher and teacher. […] This kind of leader is what we might call an “expert learner”. (www.carnegiefoundation.org/CID/essays/CID_chem_Stacy.pdf)
taking action
Taking Action
  • CID Modus Operandi:
    • Focused questioning
    • Data gathering/Experimentation/Hypothesis testing
    • Dissemination
  • Who Else?
    • Chemistry, History, English, Mathematics, Education, Neuroscience
focused questioning
Focused Questioning
  • How does a Ph.D. chemist “become”?: Process + Objectives
  • How does a group of faculty agree that a student is qualified to receive a Ph.D.?
experimentation
“Experimentation”
  • Questioning and Examining
    • What are we doing and why?
  • CID Chemistry Convening, Summer 2003, Palo Alto, CA.
    • Presentations
  • Site visits, November 2003.
u of m phd process
U of M PhD Process
  • First Year
    • Introduction to discipline, research and department
  • Significant Transition
    • Candidacy Exam
  • Dissertation and defense
    • Data Meeting
  • Innovation
    • PECRUM, research rotations
  • Novel Idea
    • Expanding the Professional Community
u of m cid agenda
U of M CID Agenda
  • Broadening professional development
    • For students seeking academic careers
    • For students seeking industrial careers
  • Supporting a diverse workforce
    • For women in academic careers
    • In general, for under-represented groups
  • Diversify post-baccalaureate options
u of m s cid proposal
U of M’s CID Proposal
  • Proposed and Implemented
    • Research Rotations
    • PFF Program
    • Combined Degrees (PhD and…)
    • Intradepartmental Conference (PECRUM)
    • Student-run seminar program
    • Research Ethics Course
commonalities
Commonalities
  • Coursework (varying amounts)
  • Teaching
  • Candidacy
  • Dissertation and Defense
  • Seminars (external and internal)
major differences
Major Differences
  • Computer programming skills
  • Coursework in ALL Chemistry sub-disciplines
  • Cumulative Exams for all students
  • Written research proposal outside of thesis topic
  • Teaching outside of University
  • Undergraduate Advising
evaluation
Evaluation
  • What do these practices do?
  • Is this what we want?
  • Do they need to change?
conclusions
Conclusions

We appear to be “on target” but….

future plan of action

Underway/Completed

Proposed

  • CSIE next retreat

Program

Data

Collection

  • Rotations
  • Alumni Survey
  • Climate Survey
Future “Plan of Action”
  • Student-run Seminar Program
  • Academic-Industrial Education
    • Ind  Dept (Top 3 ‘Need-to-Knows’)
    • Dept  Ind (Site visits)
  • Mission Statement
    • PhD “Syllabus”
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Also . . .
  • Meetings with CID students from other departments.
  • Graduate Student Initiated Independent Research.
making it public
Making it Public
  • ACS Philidelphia, PA
  • Other CID Meetings at national convenings (informal ones)
  • Meetings with the chem department
summer convening update
Summer Convening Update

Upcoming… June 5-8, 2004

Palo Alto, CA

what can you do
What can you do?
  • Implement future CID activities
  • Attend Summer convenings
  • Participate in National Meeting presentations
  • Contact Brian Coppola and/or Bill Roush