Why I quit my PhD program, and where I stand these many years later. in my alt-ac career. Looking back on my choice to quit and stay All But Dissertation.
One of the prevailing paradigms in higher ed these days is student success. Cynics decry it as a framework devoid of meaning. After all, haven’t all of us in higher ed existed to ensure student success at all times? As in: how is this “new” or advancing the field? But more narrowly constructed, many universities, colleges, and community colleges frame their missions and strategic plans around it.
Student success can mean many things. It can entail access – ensuring that education remains available to all to the degree possible. It can include breaking down scheduling and financial barriers so students are able to complete their programs and graduate to a rewarding career. And it can mean that institutions provide services for its increasingly diverse students, such as food insecure students, first generation students, etc.
But what does your higher ed institution do for career success for its staff? Anything?(more…)
When over 70% of the jobs are, well, alt-ac, then it's actually tenure-track or permanent faculty positions that have become the "alternative" career path. If you have to label us working outside of tenure-track faculty, some argue for using career diversity instead.
Details for Johns Hopkins' announcement of $1.5 million investment in PhD Professional Development.
Would you consider a downgrade in pay to switch careers? Is it ever worth it?
It's so hard to answer the "What do you do" question when you're an alt-ac. Let's work through some of the issues.