Inside Higher Ed
September 3rd, 2015
Talk about graduate school being broken is beginning to sound like a
broken record: Yes, it’s too focused on preparing students to become the
tenure-track professors that populate academe’s endangered species
list. Yes, the better part of a decade is probably too long to spend as
an apprentice, forgoing a living wage and likely accruing debt. And yes,
too many people never finish.
So now what?
Get to the root of the problem and work upward, argues Leonard
Cassuto, a professor of English at Fordham University, in his new book
out this month, The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard University Press).
“If the problems with graduate school are a tree, a lot of people are
fixated on this branch or that branch,” Cassuto said in an interview.
“But you can’t fix the branch if the trouble is in the roots of the
tree. And in graduate school, there are a lot of common problems that go
down to the roots.”