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Graduate Studies

Research in Graduate Education

This page has been set up as a repository for information on research that has been conducted into graduate education.


  • New reports explore the stark realities of the university doctorate
    Doctoral enrolments in Ontario universities have nearly doubled over the last decade, with roughly two-thirds of doctoral students hoping to become university professors. Considering that Canadian full-time professors are now the highest paid in the world—working more hours but enjoying better job satisfaction than their counterparts in other countries—it’s a worthy goal.

    But according to two new reports from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) the demand of full-time faculty positions vastly outstrips the supply. Estimates are that less than 25 percent of PhD students in Canada will secure full-time, tenure-stream research and teaching positions, prompting a growing angst among current and newly minted PhDs about their preparedness for life in a non-academic career.

    Beyond Labs and Libraries: Career Pathways for Graduate Students (by authors Allison B. Sekuler, McMaster University; Barbara Crow, York University; and Robert B. Annan, Mitacs, Inc.)
    Report Appendix

    @ Issue #15, So You Want to Earn a Ph.D.? The Attraction, Realities, and Outcomes of Pursuing a Doctorate (by authors Vicky Maldonado, Richard Wiggers, HEQCO; and Christine Arnold, a doctoral student and former HEQCO research intern)

  • White Paper on the Future of the PhD in the Humanities — product of the Future of Graduate Training in the Humanities Project, funded by a Knowledge Synthesis Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada.

Organization Websites

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

Council of Graduate Schools

Council of Ontario Universities

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Other Resources:

University Affairs magazine

Melonie Fullick, a grad student working on her PhD here at York University, maintains a blog for the University Affairs digital version called Speculative Diction to provide commentary and analysis on higher education policy and practice in Canada, linking them to developments overseas and also to the experiences of those working within the Canadian university system.

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