Ph.D. glut persists

Despite the lack of jobs requiring a Ph.D., there seems to be no end to those pursuing the long-haul degree (“America Is Pumping Out Too Many Ph.D.s,” Bloomberg.com, Jan 4). That’s particularly the case for doctorates in the humanities and social science.

The only positive note is that more than 140 doctoral humanities and social science program admissions have been suspended for this year.  I say that is a blessing in disguise for students because it spares them from eventually finding out that aside from personal satisfaction a doctorate is a poor investment.

Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjunct rather than tenure-track faculty.  As a result, even those lucky enough to find an adjunct position soon learn that they must find work outside of academia to support themselves.

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