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Give Grad Students a Hand

A new report compiled by education advocacy groups, entitled "The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States," says the US government should make it a priority to financially aid students who want to study for graduate degrees to "keep the country from losing its competitive edge in a global economy," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Audrey Williams June. The report offers several recommendations, including a proposal that the government pay for a $10-billion per year doctoral training program, June says. The program would cover the costs of pursuing a PhD for some students. The group which produced the report, the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, acknowledges that it may be a while before the recommendations develop into a fully-funded program, the article reports. But no matter how bad the economy is right now, helping to students to start — and finish — graduate degrees is the best way to keep the US competitive.

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