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“Departments are working hard to manage quality in relationship to finances,” Gregory Kohlstedt said. “Quality drives this as much as anything.”
So does the job market. Would-be academics heard about the recession’s “huge negative impact” on the number of academic jobs available for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees, said McNally, a Ph.D. student in American studies. They weighed their potential debt against the likelihood of getting a job.
Lanyon argues that society needs more Ph.D.-trained scholars — “people who understand research, who are intelligent consumers of scholarship” — in not just academia, but government, nongovernmental organizations and industry.
“We need to figure out” how to better finance and run graduate schools, Lanyon said, “or the country will suffer for us losing our stature globally in graduate and professional education.”
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