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Educating Scholars:
Doctoral Education in the Humanities
Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Harriet Zuckerman, Jeffrey A. Groen & Sharon M. Brucker

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"Administrators and faculty in doctoral programs in the humanities would do well to read this book. Likely many of the conversations they have had regarding improving their own doctoral programs will be represented in the pages. But the book's utility goes beyond the humanities. . . . Educating Scholars can help departments and doctoral programs of all stripes reconsider what is known about graduate education and provide important context for the conversation around improving the experience for all involved."--Jeffery Bieber, Journal of Higher Education


"Educating Scholars tells the story of one of the most ambitious educational experiments attempted in the past twenty-five years at America's top universities. The authors take us on a journey into the training of humanists and the efforts to transform some parts of their experience. It is full of interesting ambitions, fascinating information and ideas, false starts, unexpected encounters with changing conditions in the academic marketplace, and a set of results that were largely unanticipated. If you are interested in the humanities and in our nation's best universities, this is the book you must read."--Jonathan Cole, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and former Provost and Dean of Faculties, Columbia University

"Educating Scholars offers a thoughtful, detailed, and, in many respects, surprising account of doctoral education in the humanities at leading research universities and, most likely, beyond. The authors effectively indicate which policies and practices are likely to improve outcomes and which are not. These findings have caused me to rethink my work both as an administrator and as an advisor of PhD candidates."--Walter Cohen, Professor of Comparative Literature and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

"Tough-minded, empathetic, and innovative, Educating Scholars must be read by every graduate dean, university president, trustee, and especially every faculty member who cares about the humanities and its learned future. No examination of PhD study in any field ever has been so thorough, its conclusions so inescapable. And few have offered such honest assessments and forthright recommendations about the changes necessary for realizing the promise still vibrant in the discipline and in its very best and richly deserving students."--Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American History and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University

"This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in graduate education in the arts and sciences. It is surely the most accurate and systematic analysis of the challenges faced by institutions and their graduate students who are seeking to earn doctoral degrees in the United States. There are very important lessons to be learned--and there is much wise advice--for those who want to improve graduate education, while also making it more efficient."--Neil L. Rudenstine, president emeritus, Harvard University

"This ambitious book addresses a hugely important topic in what is generally a set of neglected disciplines--the humanities. The conceptualization of the book is strong, and the findings of the graduate exit survey are an important and significant contribution to the field, capturing the perspective of the noncompleters as well as the completers."--Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools

"This is an important, timely, and well-written book. It is destined to become an authoritative reference on doctoral education."--George E. Walker, Senior Vice President for Research Development and Graduate Education, Florida International University

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