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No employer in my life ever looked at my undergrad school or major. My graduate degree discipline mattered and my internships/work experience really mattered.

Us Tribe fans are a snooty bunch, but the fact of the matter is, most employers just need to know an applicant earned an accredited degree. Kids are usually much better off focusing on internships and networking.

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(12-19-2020 05:32 PM)soccerguy315 Wrote:  
(12-19-2020 09:43 AM)Swemster Wrote:  
(12-19-2020 07:14 AM)Tribal Wrote:  I get your point on TA instruction, but TA's provided some of the best teaching I received at the 200 level. They were, generally speaking, eager, on top of latest (ie research programs), approachable, and open to working with students after class.



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Oh no, I wasn't implying that their instruction is any less-than. My point is that their talent and time are exploited for low-cost stipends that are well below market value for that level of instruction.

I will say though that while I was at W&M, the school marketed itself as having almost all classes taught by faculty (where the more common practice is to dump teaching loads on doc students).

This is also how I remember W&M being marketed to me... but I wonder, does it matter?

If W&M can get below market good quality instruction, I think it is hard to argue the school should not do that.

Yeah it makes financial sense but is no doubt an exploitative practice. It's one of many systemic problems that plague academia. I hope the school contracts these vacancies out to adjuncts rather than pushing them onto students. Or admit more students to pick up the slack (and cover their tuition, etc).
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If grad students receive financial assistance and teaching experience, isn't that a good thing? They aren't forced to teach.

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(12-19-2020 07:35 PM)Tribal Wrote:  If grad students receive financial assistance and teaching experience, isn't that a good thing? They aren't forced to teach.

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In my experience they’re forced to teach in exchange for admission into the program and/or tuition. It sounds like a good deal to students at first glance but when you add up the expected time commitment of a TAship, research expectations, and their own class schedule/expectations, you end up with a financially unsustainable result because there is no time left over to work elsewhere.
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