Monday, July 14, 2008

Is the Ph.D. a “masochistic exercise”?

“For those who attempt it, the doctoral dissertation can loom on the horizon like Everest, gleaming invitingly as a challenge but often turning into a masochistic exercise once the ascent is begun. The average student takes 8.2 years to get a Ph.D.; in education, that figure surpasses 13 years. Fifty percent of students drop out along the way, with dissertations the major stumbling block. At commencement, the typical doctoral holder is 33, an age when peers are well along in their professions, and 12 percent of graduates are saddled with more than $50,000 in debt.”

—Joseph Berger, New York Times

2 comments:

Shane said...

Once the odometer hits "9 years" I'm going Kurt Cobain.

Tim said...

Let me answer with an unequivocal, "Yes." The tragedy is that universities aren't forced to pay for the therapy one needs after finishing.

Tim