It's back! The year 2000 edition of the National Doctoral Program Survey (NDPS, survey.nagps.org), better known to Next Wave readers as the Grad School Survey, is under way. Designed as a barometer of graduate student satisfaction with the educational and professional development practices in U.S. and Canadian doctoral programs, the NDPS hopes to collect responses from 75% of all current graduate students before the survey's close date of 1 August 2000.
It is an ambitious goal, but an important one. Last year, the survey's founders--Geoff Davis, the creator of PhDs.org (www.phds.org), and Peter Fiske, Next Wave columnist and motivational speaker--found themselves at the center of a controversy when they decided not to release departmental rankings of graduate student satisfaction. The survey's new organizer, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), plans to rank departments, but only if a large percentage of the current student population responds. So don't hesitate; it only takes 15 minutes to complete the survey. This is a unique chance to make your voice heard!