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    Hello everyone!

    Chatter continues, about Systematic Inequality and Hierarchy in Faculty Hiring Networks, a paper that analyzed “comprehensive placement data on nearly 19,000 regular faculty in three disparate disciplines.” We’ve been surprised at this level of chatter as we apparently misjudged and assumed most people already knew how much clout the Ph.D. graduates from the top schools have in the job market. But, as we’ve talked to more prospective applicants, we’ve realized there is a significant knowledge gap addressed by this paper.

    So, to briefly summarize the paper’s findings and help make them available to a wider audience, less than 15% of Ph.D. job applicants are able to gain employment at schools that outrank the school where they completed their education. Furthermore, the top 25 schools are responsible for cranking out three-quarters of the nation’s faculty. And the graduates from the other 119 schools surveyed are almost exclusively stuck teaching at the bottom-tier schools.

    This could potentially become another scary “the rich get richer” scenario in higher education if the non top 25 schools lose more of their Ph.D programs. Without those students assisting with research and teaching, these schools could find themselves struggling to provide the same educational experience to their non Ph.D. students.

    Obviously, there are well known faculty at top schools who graduated from lower-ranked Ph.D. programs and worked their way up. So how much do you think original, creative studies and books can help Ph.D. graduates from less prestigious schools move up? Do you think the ‘stigma’ of a Ph.D. from a school outside the top 25 serves as an effective glass ceiling? Please comment below and let us know your thoughts as they related to any parts of this topic.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    Hogan Nguyen
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    I don’t think there is a glass ceiling. I think the best most creative ones attend the top schools.

    #51507

    Hello everyone!

    Just an update that this topic is still very much in the news as evidenced by this article from Science Mag as well as Julie Rosselt’s new book Inside Graduate Admissions. How much this may eventually impact the job market advantage for Ph.D. graduates from top schools and how soon that impact may be felt remain to be seen.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    David Petersam
    President
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    Sumeri A
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    It’s good to see empirical research to back up what we have long suspected.

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