nina gorman Posted March 1, 2008 Share Posted March 1, 2008 Hello companeros, In the poli sci forum, a couple of the posters came up with the theory of the crapshoot to explain how grad committees select the accepted, (a crapshoot albeit with some players possessing more strengths over others). I proposed a derivative of Marxian theory to partly explain the crapshoot phenomenon ,i.e., that the variable of increasing competition in academia combines with grad committee selection criteria in order of this priority: 1) research interests matching those of the committe and dept. power holders 2) availability of funding specific to certain applicants (e.g. U of Az dept I applied two took 8 of 70, half of which about are funded with grants specific to Native Americans, if they follow last year's protocol- and I am both pro affirmative action and pro quota ) 3) references on and off the record, especially iinternal 3) GRE scores (Is 800 better than 790? ) 4) grades (Is 4.0 really better than 3.93? ) and random factors (e.g. does the applicant like hats or look good in them?). Any other theories? Points for originality. Nina aka gurley flynn P.S. a little edgy - rejected today by fU of Md soc, first preference, 2 down and 1 to go Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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