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Student Survey Highlights Mismatch of Training, Goals

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Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 408-409
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5503.408

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A new report, based on a survey of U.S. graduate students, finds a "three-way mismatch between student goals, their training, and their actual careers." It recommends major changes to better prepare graduate students for today's economic realities, including a greater emphasis on teaching, more information about the job market, and support for those interested in nonacademic career paths. Educators hope it will spur efforts to reform the system.