The Dissertation Can No longer be Defended

The Dissertation Can No longer be Defended | Stacey Patron | Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 February

The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. So now what? Rethinking the academic centrepiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start if, as many peopIe believe, Ph.D. programs are in a state of crisis. Universities face urgent calls to reduce the time it takes to complete degrees reduce attrition, and do more to prepare doctoral candidates for nonacademic careers, as students face rising debt and increased competilion for a shrinking number of tenure-track positions

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