Tagged: value of a dissertation
The Chronicle of Higher Education published a nice editorial about the reaction to a proposal to “halt the arms race in graduate-student publication” by essentially forcing the doctoral students to spend all of their energies on their dissertations instead. Understandably, there was some fierce opposition from those at lower-tier Ph.D. programs who argued it’s all their students have to help them compete for the increasingly limited number of tenure-track positions in the job market.
The article goes on to chronicle how the dissertation’s value in the hiring process has been lowered over the past few decades and we strongly recommend the short read to anyone who is seriously considering a Ph.D.
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If the lower tier schools can’t get competitive graduates off focused dissertations, maybe they should drop their PhD programs.
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