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August 23, 1991 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-08-23

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Grad School Crunch

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Special to The Jewish News

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

his year many of the
1.1 million young men
and women who receiv-
ed undergraduate degrees
from United States colleges
and universities are finding
some serious gaps in their
educations.
The recession, fluctuating
business cycles, tax hikes,
bank- crises, plummeting real
estate, government belt-tight-
ening, and the trimming of
many corporate staffs — it
sounds like a 20th century
version of the len Plagues.
For new graduates eager to
make their mark in the world,
these conditions have put a
big chill on many of the "hot
jobs" and career choices that
looked so good just a few

years ago.
Instead, the hotteSt stra-
tegy for the class of 1991 has
been — graduate school.
Nearly one million college
grads applied to graduate
programs in American col-
leges this year, compared to
830,000 in 1990, an increase
of 20 percent at 430 of the na-
tion's largest institutions of
higher learning.
Like squirrels digging in for
the winter, many college
students see graduate schools
as a place of shelter for the
short term. And, from a
longer perspective, many
students have taken the ad-
vice of the federal govern-
ment's educational policies,
that more specialized skills
will position them strategical-
ly when the economic thaw
comes.
"Only with a skilled labor

force can the United States be
economically competitive in
the global marketplace," says
a report from Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Labor
Commission on "Achieving
Necessary Skills for the Year
2000."
The numbers of students
taking graduate entrance ex-
ams confirm these observa-
tions. In 1990, 445,820
students took the Graduate
Record Exam (GRE) required
for admission by 780 Ameri-
can graduate programs, ver-
sus 303,703 in 1988. (This
does not include students ap-
plying to professional schools
such as law, medicine, den-
tistry and business, which re-
quire different exams.)
"Graduate school is a
socially acceptable place to
hide," says Victor Linguist,
director of placement at

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