Where to Start Fixing Graduate Education in America
By Leonard Paul Jay
Fixing Graduate Education in America. When we were invited to appear together on the cable television show “Higher Education Today” to discuss the present and future of the dissertation, we anticipated a wide-ranging conversation about the nature of dissertations in different fields, how professors direct them, and how digital technology might change them.
But the exchange ranged far wider than that. It encompassed the conservatism of graduate education, the stricken job market, graduate student funding (and with it the deplorable use of contingent labor in the American university), the increasing amount of time to degree, the role of collaboration in our individualistic graduate school culture—and what Wikipedia has to tell us about graduate school in the United States. Who woulda thunk it?