September 2014
Final Report of the Committee on the Future of Ph.D. Education

Vibrant, innovative PhD programs that attract top national and international students and develop them into world-class talent are essential to the mission of Johns Hopkins University as a leading research university. In this report, we explore the challenges of and opportunities for PhD education given the current economic, social, and political context. By examining the broad range of programs at JHU, we identify excellent practices and areas in need of improvements. Our recommendations are intended to resolve common problems and foster excellent practices, while continuing to promote the distinction and distinctiveness of Johns Hopkins graduate programs.

The report begins with an overview of PhD education at Johns Hopkins and a discussion of University and national trends. The report states findings of the Committee and offers our recommendations on educational methods, mentoring, outcomes and their assessment, internal assessments of progress and performance, time to degree, scholarly community and student support, career path-specific education and educational collaboration with the private sector, and creation and maintenance of a thriving, diverse scholarly community. Overarching recommendations conclude the report. Additional data in support of our findings and recommendations can be found in the appendices.

The Committee, comprising representatives from each of the PhD-granting divisions of the University (Bloomberg School of Public Health, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Advanced International Studies, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Whiting School of Engineering) and the Applied Physics Laboratory unanimously supports this report and the recommendations. Continue to the full report.