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ERIC Number: EJ791706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Graduating a Debtor Nation: Shameless Confessions of a Dissenting Citizen
Guerra, Lillian
History Teacher, v41 n2 p207-211 Feb 2008
As a graduate of Dartmouth College who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the author launched her academic career with a total debt load of over $105,000. As soon as she started working as a full-time faculty member six years ago, she began to make payments of between $600 and $1,000 a month to creditors, depending on what her current salary was. Today, she is still nearly $38,000 in debt. She blames what has become a universally acceptable degree of debt now required for getting a graduate degree for keeping her in debt. In this article, the author argues that today's graduate programs at purportedly "non-elite" institutions are producing a debtor nation of academics who face not only diminishing prospects of getting full-time, tenure-track jobs, but a decade or more of long-term debt levels that exceed $50,000 to $100,000. She discusses the effects of such a high degree of indebtedness in the lives, productivity, and outlook of young faculty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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