As someone with graduate students, I keep my eyes peeled on the job ads as they roll in every fall. Is it just me or is there for the first time (in my recent memory) a increase in the number of job ads that want you to send graduate transcripts along with a cover letter, cv, etc.? What are people expecting to see in these transcripts? The grades graduate students receive don’t reflect…. well, much of anything (I would argue that grading systems in general are a lousy way to measure student learning). Are they looking to see what classes you’ve had? Like if you claim to be an Africanist they want to see Africa classes on your transcript? But often specialized training takes place outside the classroom. Are they looking to see how close you are to completing a Ph.D? But how would a transcript tell you that?
Anyone have any idea what is going on? Perhaps I just missed something.