Debate over tenure-track job outcomes for PhDs

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Back in November, the Conference Board of Canada released a very valuable report about PhDs Inside and Outside the Academy in which the authors use census data to track the job outcomes of PhDs. The report sparked lots of discussion on social media and in the newspapers about the value of a PhD.

We'd like to highlight two responses that are must-reads in combination with the Conference Board's report.

First, you should read Melonie Fullick's piece from University Affairs, in which she argues that the report "raises more questions than it answers."

A second valuable response to the report is this short blog post by Richard Wiggers, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario's (HEQCO) executive director of research and programs. In it, Wiggers points out that census data has flaws when it comes to tracking PhDs, particularly the 2011 census.

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