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Where does the US Department of Education report university graduation rates?

Where can I find the report that states the fact below, quoted in a CNN article? Only 40% of middle-class college entrants who were high school seniors in 2004 had secured bachelor's degrees by ...
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The effect of a PhD on a student's interest in pursuing a career in academia

Is there any research/study that looked at the effect of a PhD on students' interest in pursuing a career in academia? E.g. it could survey students before entering the PhD program and survey the ...
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Research on relationship between how an instructor is addressed and students' evaluations of that instructor?

We've had several questions on this site along the lines of "What should students call me" or "What should I call my professor" (e.g How to sign your email to students, so to avoid their immature ...
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H-index: Any quantitative (or other) measures on how well h-index actually measures scientific productivity?

I am wondering if there have been any sort of rigorous/meaningful study about how well an h-index measures the scientific productivity of a person. I am wondering how much stock I should put into the ...
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What are the health impacts of standing / sitting while lecturing?

I often find myself lecturing for 7 hours in one day. This question is not about how to reduce my hours, it is about making healthy choices with my existing constraints. I am lecturing to different ...
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Research on pedagogical benefit of lab reports at the graduate level?

In science and engineering classes involving a "practical" lab, students are often required to write some kind of "lab report," typically describing the procedure and results of the lab experiment. ...
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Ratio of applicants to jobs for engineering professor or assistant professor

Where can I find statistics for jobs to applicant ratios for engineering professorships or assistant professorships? The reason I'm asking this is I'm thinking this might be the best metric to ...
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What is the origin of the “underwater basket weaving” meme in Academia?

"Underwater basket weaving" is often used as a placeholder for "irrelevant, useless university course." (Despite the fact that it's an actual thing.) More generally, "Basket weaving" and related ...
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Research on career path after tenure denial?

I am looking for a study on the career path of professors after they are denied tenure. Specifically, what percentage of these get a tenured or tenure-track position at another institution? get ...
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Typical phases of student experience/motivation in academic education (e.g. PhD)

I have heard and experienced anecdotally that students often go through various phases in academic education, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, starting with enthusiasm and excitement, then running ...
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Time and money spent on conferences

I am looking for surveys/studies that quantify the time and money academics spent on conferences/symposia/workshops/etc. I am most interested in the field of computer science, and academics I ...
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Comprehensive Guide for Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics?

Could any one recommend some comprehensive guide (online version preferred) for writing a Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics? I did some google search but there are too many results and it is difficult to ...
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Why is it said that judging a paper by citation count is a bad idea?

I hear a lot from the experts that citation count is a bad idea as a measure of judging a paper. This seems simply counter-intuitive to me. I would like to know if any study has been done in this ...
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Is there any evidence that students are more likely to watch a video over reading homework?

As background, many of my students fall into the "un-prepared" for university category. This has introduced many challenges. Some challenges are easily handled when a student is sincerely interested ...
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How much money an electrical engineering professor earn from grants in US universities?

I am a newcomer to this site and I want you to help me about my question. Thank you. I know that in US universities, an electrical engineering professor can earn money from two ways: 1) the salary ...
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Do people actually buy research articles?

Research articles are often priced at 20-40 USD. I know that typically a researcher's institution subscribes to myriads of journals, and that some research articles are accessible online for free ...
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What research shows how assessment design can minimize plagiarism?

This past semester has seen an unusually high number of students plagiarizing in one of the subjects I teach. To be specific, it was five times the previous maximum I had seen. This has lead me down ...
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References on how often finances are cited as a barrier to graduate study

I am looking for some pointers to research that addresses the question: How frequently do students who have earned undergraduate degrees cite financial barriers as a major reason influencing their ...
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Research-methodology book in the form of a dialogue between professor and student

I am looking for a research-methodology book, which is in the form of a dialogue between a professor and a student. Once I had this book and it is very helpful. Unfortunately, I lost it and do not ...
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Style guide for academic conference talks

Is there a comprehensive style guide aimed at academic slideshow-type talks? Googling has given me random style suggestions from various sources of dubious credibility. Most give obvious information, ...
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The data of industrial postdocs in Canada

Could anyone help me with the data of hired postdocs in company and private sector in Canada? I want to find out the number and the rate of the industrial postdocs in Canada (including the postdocs in ...
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What is the promotion rate of professors in United States?

I'm writing an essay, and want to know the promotion rate and average duration from assistant professor to associate professor and associate professor to professor in recent years. Sadly I don't know ...
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Studies over how noisy is it to accept/reject submissions

This year, The NIPS 2014 conference did an interesting experiment: conference chairs did duplicate 10% of the submissions (170 papers) then send the exact same papers to two different groups of ...
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Reference on how often the AFAIKs turn out to be false

Quite often authors make some claims with some "to the best of our knowledge" disclaimer. E.g. "To the best of our knowledge this is the first time this approach has been used to address this ...
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Research comparing paper and online student evaluations of instruction

What research exists (point me toward references) that compares the effectiveness, validity, and security (or at least a subset of these) of paper and online student evaluations of instructors? ...
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What motivates researchers in industry to publish their results?

Are there any references which discuss why researchers in industry publish their findings? For example, they might be motivated/required to publish as condition of some grants, to promote some ...
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Reference on the authors' willingness to receive public, online feedback on their work

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at authors' willingness to receive public, online feedback (e.g. public comments on the publisher' website) on the papers they publish? I am mostly ...
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Is there research on the extent to which complexity of the proposed method(s) impacts the acceptance rate?

I heard this speaker at IJCAI complained that his paper got rejected because the methods he used were too simple despite the results being highly competitive (twice the state of the art, at least ...
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Effective open-ended student evaluation questions

As we reach the end of the semester, the students in my class are being asked to do their evaluation of my teaching, as is common at most universities. As with most evaluations that I know of, I have ...
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How often do authors actually perform and publish the work they indicate as the future work they plan to undertake in a publication?

Quite often authors indicate that they will carry out some more work to complete /extend the project in the future work / discussion section. E.g.: We need to automatically create new entities; ...
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What percentage of papers submitted to a conference or journal have been previously rejected in the same or another venue?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of papers submitted to a conference or journal have been previously rejected in the same or another venue? I am mostly interested in ...
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Are there studies following up on people who left academia?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of people who left academia were happy with their decision after X years? I mostly interested in the computer science field ...
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Where do people leaving academia go?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at where people that leave academia go? I mostly interested in the computer science field (machine learning) in the US, but curious about ...
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What are the main reasons why academics leave academia? (Looking for references, not personal opinions)

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the main reasons why academics leave academia? I did read a few articles explaining why some particular academics left academia, but I would like to ...
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How does the class time in the day and week impacts the students' learning outcome?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the class time in the day and week impacts the students' learning outcome? E.g. students often complain when class are too early in the morning, ...
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Tuition cost over time

I am wondering if anybody knows of a datasource that makes available tuition cost over time (annually) for US institutions. I am particularly interested in the cost of graduate school expense.
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Has any research been done into the marks awarded by markers using different strategies for exams with multiple questions?

I think anyone who's ever marked an exam with more than one question or section has wondered how to attack it, i.e. Option 1) Mark all of the questions in a single script before moving onto the next ...
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How does the author's native language impact the likelihood of having his publication accepted in an English-speaking venue?

I've heard a few authors whose native language wasn't English complain that they are put at a disadvantage with respect to authors who are English native speakers, when it comes to publication ...
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Impact of the visit weekend weather on the admitted graduates' grad school decision in the US

US universities typically organize visit weekends for newly admitted graduates, after which the latter confirm or refuse the offer. Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the impact of the ...
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Reference for annual journal subscription costs paid per university?

Is there any resource that lists how much each university pay in journal subscription fees? I am mostly interested in US universities (E.g. Harvard: $3.5M/year in 2014).
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To what extent does the location of a conference impact the number of submissions?

Some conferences take place in locations that are considered to be more attractive than others to most people (e.g. UIST 2014 @ Hawaii). Some can be more easily accessible than others. Etc. Is there ...
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Are academics more tolerant of biological and philosophical differences?

My internal model of academia is that (1) as a group we are one of the most tolerant of biological and philosophical differences (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, and religion) and (2) that we are ...
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Do tenured professors work less or more than non-trenured professors?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much time tenured professors work in comparison with non-trenured professors? I am especially interested in the field of computer science ...
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Reference on abuse of stimulant medications among professors to enhance academic performance?

Various research articles1 have been published on the prevalence of stimulant medicine (Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin) abuse among undergraduate students. By "abuse of stimulant medicine," I am ...
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Pedagogical reasons for closed-book exams in graduate-level courses?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the pedagogical benefits of assessing students with closed-book exams for graduate-level courses (vs. open-book exams)? I'm mostly interested in ...
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Reference on the time it takes for a source code used for a research article to be released

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much time it takes for the authors of a research article to release the source code? Ideally I'm looking for an approximation distribution. ...
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Reference on availability of source code used in computer science research articles?

I have several questions related to open-sourcing the source code used for a research article. Is there any research/study that addresses any of the following: What percentage of research articles ...
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What is the gender distribution of those who perform potentially hazardous scientific experiments?

It comes as known that some experimenters have died or suffered other ill effects because of consequences of their experiments, such as Marie Curie. What is the distribution by gender/sex of those ...
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Is there a list of research funding agencies worldwide, ordered by money spent?

I have found a Wikipedia page ranking countries based on amount of funding and GDP. Is there a list that breaks this down further by funding agencies? For example, the wiki list says US funding, ...
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Reference for use of name@math.univ.edu for mathematics department email addresses?

I have noticed that many mathematics departments (a little over half of the public and private Group I departments) follow the name@math.univ.edu format. Does anyone know of a reference to a ...