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Post Secondary Goals Essay Conclusion

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but we will continue to need many of the best students to dedicate themselves to research in academic and nonacademic settings, and they will need the depth and quality of graduate experience that basic researchers have long enjoyed.

Furthermore, we are not espousing what some call vocationalism. The idea is not to slot every student into a particular career path and then "train" him or her accordingly. Among other problems, that would bind students to jobs that can change or decline in number while they are in graduate school. What is needed is not additional specialization. We need a graduate system that is well tuned to the central feature of contemporary life: continuous change. Change is happening both within the research world and outside, and work in both spheres requires constant readiness to adapt. Our objective, therefore, is a breadth of experience so that graduates can keep career options open and have the capacity to switch career tracks both at the beginning of and throughout their professional lives.

Controlling Time to Degree. The recommended changes should not be construed as additional requirements that would in themselves extend a student's time in a graduate program. The steadily lengthening time to degree—and, more important, the time to first employment—is already too long, for whatever reasons. Many ways of fostering versatility, including several noted above, can easily be introduced within the time that graduate students now spend after registration. An industrial assignment, for example, might replace—and not supplement—an on-campus research assignment.

We are aware of some strain between broadening the graduate experience and controlling its duration. Both solutions are needed, even if considerable administrative energies are required. Although long average time to degree is often decried, faculty and administrators have not generally made the disciplined effort that is needed to tighten graduate programs.

Whatever the nature of a specific graduate program, it is crucial to establish the principle that each student is the responsibility of a department, not of a single faculty member. Thus, a small faculty group (including the adviser) should meet often with each student working for a PhD degree; this faculty group, not the student's faculty adviser acting alone, should determine when enough work has been accomplished for the PhD degree.

Some observers have suggested fixed limits-5 years, perhaps, which is about 2 years shorter than the current averages—for a doctoral-education career. In the abstract, it is not obvious why such a period, which would allow 2 years of coursework and 3 years for a dissertation, should not suffice for most full-time PhD candidates. However, we are not prepared to espouse strict limits, in part because today's more-diverse student population requires flexibility to accommodate family and other personal factors.

However, we do believe that the "Two Plus Three Plus X" model for doctoral education ought to be evaluated and debated within the academic community. The idea is that preparation for a career in research has three discrete phases. The first, which should require no more than 2 years (assuming adequate preparation and suitable adjustment for part-time students), is for developing a broad command of the field. The second, for which the norm might be 3 years, is for making an original contribution to research as reflected in the dissertation. The third, for refining research skills and specialized knowledge that might be required for a first research

Reflection on Personal Goal for School Essay

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For this semester, I have set three goals that I will be working towards to make improvements on. The first goal I set is to start an assignment the day that it is assigned so that I do not procrastinate. The second goal I have set for this semester is to be more organized with my materials. The last goal for this semester is to relieve my stress in a positive way. By working on these goals during the next couple of weeks, it will make my life a little less stressful.
The first goal I need to work on is doing assignments ahead of time. I always wait until the last minute to do assignments and then everything gets piled up. When I have a lot of things that I need to do in one day I get very stressed and nothing good comes from this. If I…show more content…

For this semester, I have set three goals that I will be working towards to make improvements on. The first goal I set is to start an assignment the day that it is assigned so that I do not procrastinate. The second goal I have set for this semester is to be more organized with my materials. The last goal for this semester is to relieve my stress in a positive way. By working on these goals during the next couple of weeks, it will make my life a little less stressful.
The first goal I need to work on is doing assignments ahead of time. I always wait until the last minute to do assignments and then everything gets piled up. When I have a lot of things that I need to do in one day I get very stressed and nothing good comes from this. If I were to start an assignment the day it is assigned I would be ahead of schedule and not have multiple assignments due at once. If I start doing assignments when they are assigned it will help me with time management and figuring out when I can do my assignments. This will help me in my future because I cannot wait until the last minute to write a lesson plan, I need to plan and do lesson plans ahead of time. By working on not procrastinating now, I am helping myself prepare for the future when I have to plan lessons a couple weeks in advance. I plan on starting the assignment the day it is due and then finishing it at least two days before so that way it will be done a day ahead of time and I will not be stressing out the night before trying

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