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Summary Tables for Departments of English

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Table 1. When are students admitted to the doctoral program?

Table 2. Number of credits accepted from other programs

Table 3. Documents required for application

Table 4. Courses per semester

Table 5. Comprehensive exams

Table 6. Language requirements

Table 7. Median annual tuition and fellowship values

Table 8. Tuition waivers, standard support packages

Table 9. Support offerings, standard support packages

Table 10. Selected financial support availability for the 77 departments that do not offer a standard aid package to all admitted students

Table 11. Course sections taught by TAs with full responsibility for them
 
Table 12. Annual TA salary (1999-2000, for those departments that calculated salary on an annual basis)

Table 13. Number of semesters TA typically taught and average annual salary

Table 14. Average TA salary, union and nonunion

Table 15. Are teaching assistants unionized?

Table 16. Unionization and TA training

Table 17. Health insurance and unionization

Table 18. Maximum years student may work as a TA

Table 19. Travel for research and conferences

Table 20. Expenses related to job searches

Table 21. Summer funding

Table 22. Medical or health insurance coverage

Table 1. When are students admitted to the doctoral program?


  No. of departments % of departments
Directly from the BA 54 38.6
Only after receiving an MA 81 57.9
After completing other departmental requirements 5 3.6
Total 140 100.0
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Table 2. Number of credits accepted from other programs


Credits No./% of departments
1 to 7 36
8 to 14 27
15 to 29 22
30 to 40 15
Total 100
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Table 3. Documents required for application


Required for application No. of departments % of departments
Letters of recommendation 141 97.2
College transcript 137 94.5
Statement of purpose 137 94.5
Writing sample 129 89.0
GRE general 115 79.3
TOEFL 101 69.7
GRE literature 65 44.8
Total 145 100.0
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Table 4. Courses per semester


Number of courses No. of programs % of programs
One 6 3.2
Two 42 22.6
Three 127 68.3
Four 7 3.8
Eight 2 1.1
Nine 2 1.1
Total 186 100.0
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Table 5. Comprehensive exams


Kind of exam No. of programs % of programs
Both written and oral 110 65.1
Written 30 17.8
Oral 20 11.8
None 9 5.3
Total 169 100.0
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Table 6. Language requirements


Number of required languages No. of programs % of programs
None 6 3.2
One 87 45.8
Two 90 47.8
Three 7 3.7
Total 190 100
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Table 7. Median annual tuition and fellowship values


  In-state /
-province tuition
Out-of-state /
-province tuition
Private tuition Full fellowship value
United States (US$) $3,872.00 $9,948.00 $23,000.00 $13,000.00
Canada (C$) $3,187.97 $5,506.76 $7,458.00 $12,400.00
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Table 8. Tuition waivers, standard support packages


  Years of study in which waiver is offered No. of departments % of the 61 departments offering standard packages
Full tuition waiver   45 73.8
  1st-2nd 1 1.6
  1st-3rd 1 1.6
  1st-4th 12 19.7
  1st-5th 22 36.1
  1st-6th 6 9.8
  2nd-6th 1 1.6
  4th 1 1.6
  5th 1 1.6
Partial tuition waiver   5 8.2
  1st-3rd 1 1.6
  1st-4th 3 4.9
  5th 1 1.6
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Table 9. Support offerings, standard support packages


  Number of years of study for which support is
offered (not necessarily consecutive years of study)
No. of departments % of the 61 departments offering standard packages
Fellowship support >$15,000   11 18.0%
  In the 1st year 9 14.8%
  One 5 8.2%
  Two 2 3.3%
  Three or more 4 6.6%
Fellowship support $8,000-$15,000   25 41.0%
  In the 1st year 21 34.4%
  One 7 11.5%
  Two 5 8.2%
  Three or more 13 21.3%
Fellowship support <$8,000   3 4.9%
  In the 1st year 2 3.3%
  One 2 3.3%
  Three or more 1 1.6%
Assistantship   52 85.2%
  In the 1st year 31 50.8%
  One 7 11.5%
  Two 6 9.8%
  Three or more 39 63.9%
Combination of assistantship and fellowship   26 42.6%
  In the 1st year 18 29.5%
  One 7 11.5%
  Two 7 11.5%
  Three or more 12 19.7%
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Table 10. Selected financial support availability for the 77 departments that do not offer a standard aid package to all admitted students


  No. of departments % of the 77 departments offering nonstandard packages
All students in both the first year and in the second year and beyond
Full tuition waiver 12 15.6%
More than half of all students in both the first year and in the second year and beyond
Full tuition waiver 23 29.9%
Fellowship support (above tuition) worth
$8,000-$15,000
8 10.4%
Teaching or research assistantship 35 45.5%
Combination of fellowship and assistantship 9 11.7%
Fewer than half of all students in the first year but more than half of all students in the second year and beyond
Teaching or research assistantship 9 11.7%
Fewer than half of all students in both the first year and in the second year and beyond
Full tuition waiver 10 13.0%
Partial tuition waiver 11 14.3%
Fellowship support (above tuition) worth
more than $15,000
10 13.0%
Fellowship support (above tuition) worth
$8,000-$15,000
17 22.1%
Fellowship support (above tuition) worth
less than $8,000
14 18.2%
Combination of fellowship and assistantship 16 20.8%
Fewer than half of all students in the first year
Fellowship support (above tuition) worth
$8,000-$15,000
8 10.4%
Fewer than half of all students in the second year and beyond
Combination of fellowship and assistantship 8 10.4%
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Table 11. Course sections taught by TAs with full responsibility for them


No. of sections No. of departments % of departments
Semester system    
None 3 3.3%
One 29 31.9%
Two 51 56.0%
Three 6 6.6%
Four 1 2.2%
Six 1 1.1%
Semester system total 91 100.0%
Quarter system    
One 5 50.0%
Two 3 30.0%
Five 1 10.0%
Seven 1 10.0%
Quarter system total 10 100.0%
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Table 12. Annual TA salary (1999-2000, for those departments that calculated salary on an annual basis)


Salary range No. of departments % of departments Average salary
< $10,000 25 24.8% $8,256
$10,000-$12,000 42 41.6% $10,907
$12,000-$15,000 27 26.7% $13,128
> $15,000 7 6.9% $16,356
Total 101 100.0% $11,222
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Table 13. Number of semesters TA typically taught and average annual salary


No. of semesters or quarters No. of departments % of departments Average salary
One semester 2 2.0% $8,250
Two semesters 75 74.3% $11,314
Three quarters 7 6.9% $12,988
Other 3 3.0% $10,756
Blank 14 13.9% $10,373
Total 101 100.0% $11,222
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Table 14. Average TA salary, union and nonunion


  No. of departments % of departments Average salary
Unionized 28 24.1% $11,806
Nonunionized 88 75.9% $11,020
Total 116 100.0% $11,222

Table 15. Are teaching assistants unionized?


  No. of departments % of departments
Yes 33 22.8%
No 112 77.2%
Total 145 100.0%
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Table 16. Unionization and TA training


    No. of departments % of departments
Unionized TA training is offered 31 93.9
TA training is not offered 2 6.1
Total 33 100.0
Not unionized TA training is offered 93 83.0
TA training is not offered 19 17.0
Total 112 100.0
All departments TA training is offered 124 85.5
TA training is not offered 21 14.5
Total 145 100.0
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Table 17. Health insurance and unionization


  % of nonunionized departments % of unionized departments % of all departments
Coverage for the TA is the coverage offered to all enrolled doctoral students 35.7 33.3 35.2
Coverage for the TA is paid partly by the TA and partly by the institution 28.6 21.2 26.9
Coverage for the TA is paid fully by the institution 18.8 33.3 22.1
Coverage for the TA is paid fully by the TA 18.8 12.1 17.2
Coverage for dependents is offered 30.4 39.4 32.4
Coverage extends a full 12 months 37.5 33.3 36.6
Coverage extends for the 9- or 10-month academic year 6.3 15.2 8.3
Coverage extends only for the time in which the TA teaches 3.6 18.2 6.9
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Table 18. Maximum years student may work as a TA


No. of years No. of departments % of departments
Zero 1 0.8%
Two 3 2.3%
Three 4 3.1%
Four 28 21.7%
Five 39 30.2%
Six 20 15.5%
Seven 5 3.9%
Ten 3 2.3%
Fifteen 1 0.8%
No limit 25 19.4%
Total 129 100.0%
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Table 19. Travel for research and conferences


Travel support was offered to: No. of departments % of departments
All students 52 40.0%
More than half of all students 25 19.2%
Fewer than half of all students 53 36.6%
Total 130 100.0%
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Table 20. Expenses related to job searches


Expense support was offered to: No. of departments % of departments
All students 31 47.0%
More than half of all students 9 13.6%
Fewer than half of all students 24 16.6%
Not offered to any students 2 3.0%
Total 66 100.0%
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Table 21. Summer funding


Funding is offered to: No. of departments % of departments
All students 16 16.0%
More than half of all students 18 18.0%
Fewer than half of all students 66 66.0%
Total 100 100.0%
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Table 22. Medical or health insurance coverage


Is insurance offered? No. of departments % of departments
Yes, at no cost 39 28.7%
Yes, with copayment 51 37.5%
No 46 33.8%
Total 136 100.0%
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