Patrick S. Osmer — April 25, 2012
Patrick S. Osmer,
Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School
The national report Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers is out, and I encourage all of you to read it. Full report and executive summary. Additional information is available at www.pathwaysreport.org
The report provides solid information to all of us who are involved in graduate education, and it makes recommendations for universities in general as well as employers and government. We will be using it to guide some of our next steps at Ohio State.
I’m glad to say that we are already ahead of the curve on some of the challenges facing our colleagues at other institutions. For instance:
- Ohio State graduate programs are increasingly tracking the placements of all of their graduates, not just those who go on to faculty/researcher careers. The Graduate School has developed a platform for the graduate programs to keep track of placements and to be able to pull data from it.
- In the Graduate School, we are in the midst of a project analyzing the impact of Ohio State graduate degree recipients in Ohio, and we will host a summit on this topic in the fall for employers, policymakers, and educators.
- Last fall, the Graduate School subscribed to the Versatile Ph.D. to support graduate students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning about the full range of career options available to people with doctoral training.
I chaired the ETS and Council of Graduate Schools commission that created the report, and it was released last week during a legislative event in Washington, DC. Congressman Steve Stivers spoke at the opening event. He was clearly supportive, and I’m pleased to report that the other legislators and staff that I visited were equally so. It’s clear that they understand the need for graduate education and the importance of it to the country. The release was also covered in the media and is generating interesting commentary. See Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed
Now we can go on to next steps at Ohio State. We need to:
- Increase the number of graduate programs that track the placements of our graduates and to follow our graduates throughout their careers
- Strengthen career services available to graduate students while they are here
- Provide professional skills education and internship opportunities to graduate students
These action items dovetail with some of the other initiatives that we already have underway, especially future directions in doctoral education and professionally oriented master’s programs.
I’d like to hear from you as well. Please read the report or executive summary and share your ideas.
Patrick S. Osmer is vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. He is currently serving as past chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. Osmer was chair of the Ohio State astronomy department from 1993-2006.
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