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Graduate education in trouble, study says

The National Commission on Student Financial Assistance has released a study finding significant trouble in the nation's graduate schools. Citing the importance of graduate study and research for the nation's social and economic well-being, as well as its security, the report noted significant erosion in the number of graduate students as well as the quality of work being done.

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The report, focusing on the federal role in redressing the shortcomings, lists a 10-point agenda for action, including increased funding to maintain and enhance equipment in graduate schools; enhanced quality of scholarly libraries and efforts to ensure that valuable collections are maintained; and a major effort to attract and retain promising young scholars as faculty members.

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