NYT weighs in on poor prospects for humanities grad students
Not too much new to report here. Though I did appreciate this bit from Richard Wheeler, a former dean of graduate studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign:
“Putting as many faculty in front of undergraduates as possible,” [Wheeler] says, would not only improve the quality of education but would also increase the demand for more tenured faculty members over time.
For years, education reformers have talked about reducing class-size, or at least, student-teacher ratio, at the k-12 level, in order to improve student performance. The evidence on the effectiveness of this is spotty at best. But I wonder if college students might benefit even more from greater exposure to high level faculty, provided those faculty were seriously committed to teaching. And another upside might mean more jobs for us graduate students.