Responsive Ph.D. Initiative
Growing numbers of employers from the academic and private sectors have called for reforms in doctoral education in the United States. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Responsive Ph.D. Initiative supports university efforts to increase the quality of the doctoral experience for students. The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville were selected to participate in the project jointly in 2003, in part due to Kentucky’s investment in faculty, research, and doctoral education through its Bucks for Brains program. The program encourages participating universities to focus on four issues: promoting interdisciplinary scholarship, encouraging pedagogical training, improving diversity, and applying academic expertise to social challenges. Initiatives include UofL’s Future Leaders Program, which will encourage collaboration among institutions and with non-academic business and industry partners, and the Ph.D. Completion Project, which will focus on improved mentoring and financial support for doctoral students.