Arthur J. Stewart
Dec 13, 2005, 4:04 PM
Post #14 of 15
Re: [pongo] Wild Cards for 2006
I disagree with part of your suggestion, and agree with part. If you're able to work with the person of choice, from a number of alternatives, you've built yourself a tremendous situation. A program is a program: it is a collection of offerings prepared by individuals. Even a good student can get ignored in a program, regardless of the program's quality. I applied to a school soley on the basis of one individual (the program was OK, the individual was exceptional), and ifound it to be the ideal arrangement. I have recommended that approach for students I've advised, as well. Of course, enough communication must happen up front to ensure that the individual indeed is there to stay, at least for the duration of the student's graduate work.
But I agree with you completely that at the master's level, a quality program might be the safer, reasonable bet.