Life is complicated. So is getting graduate students to finish faster.
A doctoral program proposed at Georgetown University includes preparation for nonacademic careers. But critics say it would cheapen the degree.
Adjuncts and graduate students say a recent report on the Ph.D. in language and literature paid too little attention to conditions for those working off the tenure track.
Getting a Job
Javier Jiménez is one of the lucky ones. He came to the convention with an offer in hand. Still, much is at stake for job seekers at this life-changing event.
Many disciplines aren't celebrating yet, however.
- It's a Buyer's Market for Colleges Hiring Junior Faculty
- Academic Job Hunters: Don't Sell Yourself Short, Even Now
- Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns
Students in professional programs at private, nonprofit institutions received the most in grants and loans: an annual average of $36,200, a study found.
As the job market stagnates, some recent Ph.D.'s find hope in supportive postdoctoral programs, many backed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Graduate Student Debt Matters
- Without Summer Jobs, Some Adjuncts Must Fight for Unemployment Benefits
- In Debt to Your Degree
Advice From the Archives
I knew I risked ruining my candidacy by bringing my infant daughter to the interview. Here’s why I did it anyway.
Lawmakers shouldn’t lump together two-year and four-year colleges in setting graduation goals.
If colleges are going to survive the 21st century, they must not make the mistakes that cities made in the 20th.