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Initiative One-Pager

This document outlines the objective, long-term goals, and key terms of the AAU PhD Education Initiative.

The AAU PhD Education Initiative actively works to reorient the educational environment so that it is more student-centered, placing greater emphasis on students as individuals with a full range of educational ambitions and professional goals. The Initiative takes a systemic approach to change and aims to foster the full inclusion of current and prospective doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.

During the initial phase of the Initiative, a pilot group of eight member universities, representing 32 academic departments, will implement reforms within STEM, social sciences, arts, and humanities PhD programs to make the wide array of PhD career pathways more visible, valued, and viable for all students.

Explore more fully the Initiative's six key terms below.