A modest question: Should we abolish the PhD degree?

Russell Turpin deafbox@hotmail.com
Tue, 28 Aug 2001 23:01:13 -0500

Steve Dossick writes:
> ...and the corrollary to this is that there's a lot more to 
> doing research than just doing research and publishing 
> papers.  No matter where you do research (or _any_ 
> original work, including starting a company) you will
> always have to manage expectations of others, keep 
> them happy with your plans, and generally manage 
> your own way through the process. ..

Good point! My one comment is that managing a 
PhD committee seems (to me) quite a bit different
from managing research proposals, or the various
parties in a commercial venture. Maybe others 
find it a good stepping stone from the former to 
the latter. If this is its incremental purpose 
(beyond doing the research and publishing papers), 
I wonder if it couldn't be better tuned to it.