Rethink Admissions Practices

Departments should develop admissions practices and policies appropriate to the changing character of doctoral education and the broadened range of career opportunities. Building the pipeline of applicants for small fields and subfields can be vital. For large fields with high numbers of applicants, programmatic attention to the pipeline can be a way to build enrollments among underrepresented population groups. Some departments already devote considerable effort along these lines, but it is a challenging task, and much remains to be done.

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