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The graduate school crisis

 
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Copied from a blog. By the time you've drilled through the links you forget whose it is. Daniel Drezner.
"Better orientation sessions, requirements for faculty advisers to stay in closer contact with students and the linking of department funding to student retention."
"Faculty would have to tell their Ph.D.s that it's OK to get a job in the private sector."
Sounds good and can it be tried out in the UK ?
The Chicago Tribune runs a story on the high dropout rate of graduate students pursuing Ph.D.s:
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Hi,
Is there any PhD. making million dollars annually? Which department needs PhD degree beside R&D, if it's not teaching. Sorry, I am too practical. What I do know PhD degree combination with others practical advanced degrees in able to make the cut unless the particular PhD holder is genious.
Those people participate in the article feedbacks are just under moment of weakness, they question their own values/priorities.
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There is basically one purpose to getting a PhD at least in most fields. Teaching in a college or university. The number of good. tenure-track positions is very, very low. And at least in the US those positions are pretty much reserved for the well-connected or specific minorities.
I looked into getting a PhD in IT or Business about 10 years ago, and found that it's an expensive way to enter a condition of indentured serfdom.
Matt, there are a few PhD millionaires. I think the founders of Inktomi were PhD's who decided to take the results of their research private. And there are others as well, but not too many.
 
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