New Face of Grad School
I’ll be back in force tomorrow (the draft of the damn chapter is almost finished), but in the meantime, here’s a story from the Chronicle of Higher Ed on how graduate humanities departments are finally decreasing the number of students they admit to their programs. Given the job market it’s probably about time, but there are all sorts of possible downsides as well.
Part of the article talks about the concomitant difficulty professors at research schools will have teaching specialized graduate seminars with far fewer students – how it will be difficult to have high-level discussions when there are so few students studying similar subjects and there are fewer opportunities to teach them advanced topics.
Yet another reason why we should try to replicate the grad seminar experience here on the blog…
(Wait a few days and the Chronicle story should switch from subscription-only to free)