“Long considered one of public higher education’s finest destinations for graduate work in the humanities, the University of Pittsburgh has cut off admissions to master’s and doctoral programs in German, religious studies, and classics in response to reduced state aid.” [http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/04/24/pittsburgh-suspends-graduate-admissions-three-programs#ixzz1tU7qb01T]
This decision is mainly due to the budget cut in Pittsburg University. Some groups are accepting this decision and some call it irresponsible. University officials declared that it was a necessary action due to the current financial situation.
The classics chair and German chair criticized this decision not only unexpected but also the way that it was taken was not acceptable. As stated, they were officially called and were informed that the decision to suspend these programs was going to take into effect.
Students in other programs within the College of Arts and Sciences are worried as they concern to have the same trend in their programs. However, an official agent said that it was not a planned decision and admissions are suspended temporarily but didn’t state anything about the possibility of closing these programs. It is more than a simple decision as many students and staff will be affected if they decide to close the programs. A university spokesman revealed that those students that have already been involved can finish their programs and those who have admission are allowed to come. That’s where some people have been worried about the elimination of those departments. Students are requesting through online petitions to restore admissions for these programs.
RSS is a good source to keep up with journal articles as they come out. As a graduate student, one should read lots of journals and keep up with the daily issues. One way is to sign up in the related websites. Once you have the list of journals, you can subscribe to the website or be a member of the professional organization to access them. Many databases exist that hold certain issues of publications. Most of them facilitate subscription via email or RSS. If you subscribe by email, you can receive alerts for updates and track new publications. It is a matter of being more comfortable with what type.
Interdisciplinary studies refer to the process of addressing a topic that can’t be analyzed by a single discipline. In an informal sense, observers either integrate information from their environment to interpret phenomena and make cognitive decisions or concentrate on one specialized discipline. This is sort of interdisciplinary analysis to get pieces of data and find a logical relationship. In fact, this is what discipline-based systems are trying to reach. So, it is not only developing rules, methods and technologies to get a deeper knowledge but also processing the knowledge with a comprehensive insight into the components.
In interdesciplinary science, all the elements are integrated and contrasted within the disciplines to gain an intellectual perspective and an interactive theme between and among disciplines. One definition for Interdisciplinarity is “the interaction among two or more different disciplines. This interaction may range from simple communication of ideas to the mutual integration of organizing concept, methodology, procedures, epistemology, terminology, data and organization of research and education in a fairly large field”. Like any other discipline, interdisciplinary programs should be adapted over time to address priorities of educators and dynamic changes in educational institutes. Different factors can contribute to the field such as the ability to take a perspective, develop structural knowledge and cope with conflicting insight of different disciplines. The challenge is that interdisciplinary study is not bounded and includes various factors that fluctuate from time to time due to its nature.
Reference: Issues in Integrative Studies, No. 21: 170- 203, 2003.
Reading this post, http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/bram/2012/03/27/is-there-really-only-one-job-for-a-ph-d/, I came across some issues about the relationship between supply and demand of job opportunities. In societal level, there are varieties of factors affecting job opportunities that mainly stem from social and economical construct of the society. It is interesting to know that a campaign called “occupy movement” has started which is directed towards social and economic inequality. The aim of the campaign is to address social injustice but it also encompasses job opportunity issues.
At higher education, there is a correlation between graduate student enrollment and unemployment rate in society. But the point is how higher education can increase job market. Will providing more faculty positions affect circulating currency in the industry? Higher education has been known as a key component for economic development that is able to control external factors that affect its modality. So in terms of controlling unemployment rate, more attention should be paid to the higher education and specifically research universities.