Workshop: Will today's innovations in graduate education meet the challenges of the future?

June 09, 2003

ARLINGTON, Va.- Advanced education faces significant challenges from the impact of changing population demographics, the information technology revolution, the globalization of science,and evolving workforce needs, but lacks key data needed to evaluate educational innovations, according to participants of the National Science Foundation-hosted "Future of Graduate Education Workshop."

NSF's Directorate of Education and Human Resources published the workshop's summary online today at www.ehr.nsf.gov/dge/InnovMTG.htm.

The workshop, held March 19-20, sought to identify the potential impact of forces changing the future environment of graduate education, to define the desirable characteristics of graduate education, and to identify what is necessary to ensure graduate-level education meets the emerging needs of the nation.

Participants included scientists, educators, students, and executives from academia, government, non-profit organizations and industry.

"It's recognized that graduate education is evolving right now at an unprecedented rate as student populations change and new methods of learning emerge along with new disciplines," said Joan F. Lorden, dean in residence at NSF's Division of Graduate Education and a workshop organizer. "The workshop participants pointed out that graduate education still faces competing pressures and structures that tend to perpetuate the status quo and there is a massive gap in graduate education research. Without this body of research, meaningful institutionalized change won't be possible."

The workshop's participants took note of burgeoning features of graduate education such as on-line learning and mobile student populations and surmised that for-profit colleges and professional master's degrees will also become more prevalent as future generations seek knowledge that will allow them to immediately capitalize upon employment opportunities.

Jennifer Slimowitz, an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow with NSF's Division of Graduation Education and the workshop's co-organizer, said, "It's expected that business and industry will seek targeted knowledge to reach specific objectives using international teams comprised of interdisciplinary members. 'Just-in-time' knowledge may ultimately become as commonly practiced as 'just-in time' manufacturing and distribution. To find out how to meet this demand will require research-driven change."
-end-
NSF Program Officers:
Joan F. Lorden, (703) 292- 7468, jlorden@nsf.gov;
Jennifer Slimowitz, (703) 292-8121, jslimowi@nsf.gov

Useful Web Links: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/dge/InnovMTG.htm

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.3 billion. National Science Foundation funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards. The National Science Foundation also awards over $200 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

Receive official National Science Foundation news electronically through the e-mail delivery system, NSFnews. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to joinnsfnews@lists.nsf.gov. In the body of the message, type "subscribe nsfnews" and then type your name. (Ex.: "subscribe nsfnews John Smith")

Useful National Science Foundation Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: http://www.nsf.gov
News Highlights: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpav
Newsroom: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/media/start.htm
Science Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/stats.htm
Awards Searches: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a6/A6Start.htm

National Science Foundation

Related Education Articles from Brightsurf:

Applying artificial intelligence to science education
A new review published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching highlights the potential of machine learning--a subset of artificial intelligence--in science education.

Dementia education
School-based dementia education could deliver much needed empathy and understanding for older generations as new research from the University of South Australia shows it can significantly improve dementia knowledge and awareness among younger generations.

How can education researchers support education and public health and institutions during COVID-19?
As education researchers' ongoing work is interrupted by school closures, what can they do to support education and public health institutions dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic?

Online education platforms could scale high-quality STEM education for universities
Online and blended (online and in-person) STEM instruction can produce the same learning outcomes for students as traditional, in-person classes at a fraction of the cost, finds research published today in Science Advances.

Technology in higher education: learning with it instead of from it
Technology has shifted the way that professors teach students in higher education.

The new racial disparity in special education
Racial disparity in special education is growing, and it's more complex than previously thought.

Education may be key to a healthier, wealthier US
A first-of-its-kind study estimate the economic value of education for better health and longevity.

How education may stave off cognitive decline
Prefrontal brain regions linked to higher educational attainment are characterized by increased expression of genes involved in neurotransmission and immunity, finds a study of healthy older adults published in JNeurosci.

Does more education stem political violence?
In a study released online today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, three Norwegian researchers attempt to bring clarity to this question by undertaking the first systematic examination of quantitative research on this topic.

Individual education programs not being used as intended in special education
Gone are the days when students with disabilities were placed in a separate classroom, or even in a completely different part of the school.

Read More: Education News and Education Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.