Boston University is committed to improving the experiences and career preparation of our doctoral students by developing programs and resources that promote student-centered PhD education. We are excited to participate in the AAU’s inaugural PhD Educational Initiative – a pilot that will help BU advance efforts to build innovative, collaborative new approaches to professional development, career mentoring, and skills-based training. The initiative will support our efforts to increase data transparency around the effectiveness of doctoral programs and will help us transform the culture within departments to support the wide array of career paths available to our doctoral students. BU recognizes that institutional cultures and behaviors are not just developed centrally, but within departments. Accordingly, we are proud to have six units representing diverse disciplines taking part in this pilot (Classical Studies, Pharmacology, Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development, Biostatistics, Sociology, and Biology) and have put together strong administrative and data transparency teams to support our efforts. Among our chief goals is creating a community of faculty and staff dedicated to ensuring BU doctoral students achieve core competencies that represent the knowledge and skills required to succeed within and outside the academy. Daniel Kleinman, associate provost for graduate education serves as the institution’s project leader in the AAU initiative.