Failure of the PhD
Sometime colleague Richard Nile has a provocative piece in today’s Oz:
THE PhD is a dinosaur from a previous age of elite education. It has failed at least one generation of research scholars and continues to fail the overwhelming majority of currently enrolled candidates.
A radical rethink would be justified.
I’d like to stir the possum and canvass two options: enrolments could be slashed by at least 50 per cent with a doubling of scholarship and research support funding; alternatively, the degree could head in the opposite direction with an overhaul to take into account the employment prospects of those two thirds of students who will never find full-time employment within the university sector.
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