This report begins a needed University-wide conversation about what we, as a community, must
do in order to achieve the goal of having one of the very best public research universities in the
world. Our doctoral programs are central to this goal because they are integral to the research
enterprise. Improving the graduate student experience in all facets is needed including: 1)
admissions and recruitment, 2) competitive multiyear funding packages, 3) strong mentoring,
guidance, and evaluation, and 4) comprehensive research and teaching training. These
improvements must be matched with renewed commitment to graduate education at all levels of
the University with policies and infrastructure that support the students and faculty.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations to improve graduate programs at the University by offering different funding packages, improving research opportunities, increase recruitment and increase ability to serve programs with professional and working adult students.
Ebner, Timothy J.; Schiappa, Edward.
Transforming the University: Final Recommendations of the Task Force on Graduate Refrom: Student Support.
University of Minnesota.
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