Number of PhDs on food stamps triples?
TheSocietyPages.com reports on the plight of PhDs, as the number dependent on food stamps has risen from below 10,000 to over 33,000:
This spring the Chronicle of Higher Education offered an in-depth look at the number of highly educated people receiving federal aid. . . .
Notably, it reminds us just how risky pursuing graduate work can be; 70% of all faculty are now off the tenure-track. That often means that they teach part-time, have no benefits, and face semester-to-semester job insecurity.
These faculty could probably do something else, but many of them are trying to realize a dream that they’ve spent 10 to 15 years of their lives working towards. So, they continue to teach part-time for relatively low pay and participate in a job market that, for the most part, opens up only once a year.