Thursday, October 04, 2007

NY Times on time to degree



Blogger Lauren said...

My favorite part:

"in fields like English where faculty vacancies are scarce, students realize they must come up with original, significant topics."

11:04 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

My favorite part:

"But money is not the only reason Princeton does well. It has developed a culture where professors keep after students. Students talk of frequent meetings with advisers, not a semiannual review."

12:25 PM  
Blogger Michael E. said...

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6:09 PM  
Blogger Michael E. said...

I would have commented sooner, but I was too busy responding to e-mails, reading prospectuses (3 today) and job letters, and otherwise avoiding my advisees. It is really too bad that we don't have a program more like Princeton's where, you know, faculty set up lunches and seminars with visiting faculty, regularly insist that graduate students attend talks, and constantly revise the graduate curriculum. Our faculty must be too busy commuting on the train to Manhattan.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Point well taken, Michael. One of the things I enjoy most about bringing in potential faculty is the opportunity it gives us to talk about how exceptional our program is. Their perspectives (hearing from Craig Werner at Wisconsin and Sandra Gunning at Michigan) remind me how very different our education could be if we were elsewhere.

11:51 AM  

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