Understanding PhD Latinx Career Outcomes: A Case Study
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The rising costs of higher education and the increased demand for graduate education has complicated the market value of the PhD. In The Graduate School Mess, Leonard Cassuto examines the diminished opportunities for faculty positions that previously were more readily available upon completing the PhD, which has increased the market competition, increased selectivity and shifted expectations of achievements for recent graduates entering academia. This growing debate on the value of the PhD is at odds with the need for increased representation of Latinxs in higher education, specifically increasing the number of Latinxs in graduate education, attaining PhDs, and pursuing the professoriate. However, increased need for Latinx doctorates does not change the market competition for academic positions and therefore Latinx PhDs also seek other career pathways in industry and the nonprofit sector.