I’m very pleased that the MLA has launched a new forum to address the topics I’ve begun to raise here (in fits and starts). Those of you who are interested, please take the opportunity to go to the “Graduate Education Reform” site on MLA Commons. (http://gradreform.mla.hcommons.org)
I’m right now at the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting in Washington (along with AVP Eric Wertheimer in ASU’s graduate education office). It’s strange being here NOT as a graduate dean, but with the somewhat different perspective of being a dean of our humanities units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. We need to bring together graduate deans (who are often thought leaders) with the people who really can have direct impact on specific programs (the college deans). We’ve had great conversations, and now I’m ready to get to work!