In June of 2017, NORC at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools and with support from the Spencer Foundation, convened a workshop focused on conceptualizing and measuring graduate degree holders’ career pathways. The workshop was particularly concerned with identifying research needs to inform decisions by those most directly connected with graduate degree programs: deans, department heads, faculty, and students. Participants included senior university administrators officially responsible for graduate education, researchers engaged with graduate education, leaders of organizations concerned with graduate education practice, and federal officials who fund graduate education or who serve as stewards of federal data sets that might inform the career pathways discussion.
The workshop resulted in the publication of two working papers:
Career Pathways for Graduate Degree Holders: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go From Here?, by NORC Senior Fellows Debra Stewart and Tom Hoffer
Thoughts on the Future of Graduate Education, by NORC Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn