It's back, the return of the Grad School Survey

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!

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