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Graduate education makes a difference. In lives, in communities, in business. What works? What could work better? We put those questions to Canadians passionate about the power of education.



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Opinion: The Business Case for Hiring PhDs.
Ontario businessman Ian Baines thinks PhDs and business can be a great fit. He should know, he has worked with plenty over his 40 year career as a “serial entrepreneur.” But he has some advice for students, grad schools and the business community to optimize the potential of Canada’s PhDs.
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Resourcefulness? Check out Canada’s PhDs.
The impact of a faltering loonie and the collapse of energy prices are the latest reminders that Canada has to get serious about a transition to a knowledge economy. That’s not an easy task. But we can start by recognizing an under-utilized asset – Canada’s PhDs.
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Study to reveal PhDs in tenure-track
A third of graduates with doctoral degrees from Ontario universities are in tenure-track positions somewhere in the world, with half of them working as professors in Canada, research from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario(HECQO) has found.
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Imagining Canada’s Future
Member schools of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies reflect a diversity of perspectives, focu s and university cultures. This document highlights the thrust of reports from CAGS members who took part in the SSHRC’s Imagine Canada’s Future initiative.
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Grad Research in an Interconnected World
“What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?”
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Radio Panel Asks: What’s The Purpose of PhD?
…It is a question that graduate students, universities and communities are discussing quite often these days. And recently CAGS President Marie Audette joined a Radio-Canada panel to explore exactly that. Audette is a Laval University researcher, biochemist and dean who has a firm commitment to the importance of graduate studies.
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Does Canada Have Too Many PhDs?
According to researcher and blogger Melonie Fullick, any discussion of PhD “overproduction” needs to consider the question of the purpose of the PhD. “When different groups cannot agree on this purpose,” she writes, “at least in terms coherent enough that they can produce policies and programs that align, then doctoral students are the ones who lose out.” You can read her whole report in our Rethinking the PhD section.
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Future Research: Grad Students Address Key Question
What could be more important in our academic community than engaging our brightest minds in the imagining and decision-making process of designing Canada’s research future? Graduate students from Western and University of Windsor did just that recently as part of a nation-wide dialogue on Imagining Canada’s Future.
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Imagining Canada’s Future.
CAGS will be engaging humanities and social sciences graduate students in some straight talk about opportunities and challenges for social innovation, research, and building our knowledge capital.
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Observations From The Front Lines
Dr. Eric Weissman came to his PhD a little later in life. His work with marginalized communities and his methods of presentation didn’t fit into to traditional pathways. That created some academic obstacles for him. He overcame those obstacles with a bullish persistence that led him to the Individualized Graduate Student Program (INDI) at Montreal’s Concordia University.
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CAGS AND SSHRC: Imagine Canada’s Future
What role could graduate research play in building Canada’s future? That’s a question being put to gatherings at more than 20 graduate schools across the country this spring.
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Why Canada Needs PhDs
"Competition for the increasingly scarce full-time, tenure-stream faculty positions has become fierce. What does that mean as we ReThink the PhD. This commentary by Allison Sekuler was originally published in The Globe and Mail.
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Canada: Practice and Potential
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies requested a study to identify best practices that support interdisciplinary graduate program s (IDGPs), including consideration of pedagogical aspects and practical approaches to supporting their development and sustainability.

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