Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s

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by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report concludes that a high percentage of newly-minted Ph.D.s complete school with “significant debt” and without jobs. Yet, colleges continue to enroll increasing numbers of doctoral candidates. Cue up “Casablanca” and Claude Rains’s Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! Get ready for the annual hand-wringing (Ph.D.s/academics), outrage (friends of Ph.D.s/non-tenured academics), fauxoutrage (academic administrators/staffers) eye rolls, head-scratching and, yes, mostly yawns (the rest of America, including 21,000,000 undergrads). Laura McKenna, a former Political Science faculty member […]
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