28 April, 2009

Restructuring Academia

Related to Eremita's earlier post, anyone have thoughts on this op-ed?

GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields within subfields and publication in journals read by no one other than a few like-minded colleagues), all at a rapidly rising cost (sometimes well over $100,000 in student loans).
The author has some provocative ideas about how he thinks academia should be restructured, including more inter-disciplinary programs. (For now, I will just say that this seems to apply far more to the humanities than the natural sciences, with social science somewhere in the middle.)

UPDATE:Brian Leiter and his commenters do not like this proposal, nor do they have anything good to say about interdisciplinarity.

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