Inside Higher Ed has yet another in the never-ending series of “rethinking the humanities Ph.D.” articles.  But for once, it’s not just about “rethinking” (which too often is regarded as an end in itself), but actually making changes to it: a proposal at Stanford

where students decide on a career plan — academic or nonacademic — they want to embark on by the end of their second-year of graduate study, file the plan with their department, and then prepare projects and dissertation work that would support that career…. This would represent a dramatic shift from the current norm, whereby many humanities grad students say that their entire program is designed for an academic career, and that they only start to consider other options when they are going on the job market — a bit late to shape their preparation for nonacademic options.