Sep 13, 2009, 12:57 PM
Post #1170 of 2090
ha, I'm not gcsumfa, and I didn't attack you. People want to know your background because the evidence from your previous round of posts made it sound as if you might be an undergrad at Nebraska. That doesn't mean your advice isn't useful and welcome, but it is helpful to hear where you're coming from. If that's not the case, I apologize, so please tell us about your PhD program. I know it's hard to resist calling somebody 'retard' with the protection provided by the anonymity of the internet, but can we agree to keep things civil? It's fine to argue, but this board is only going to be useful if you can provide evidence to back up your claims.
My last post was not meant to attack you. Everybody here is aware that full-funding is a good thing - but, I think applying to (or assessing) a program based on faculty names can be useful, but in the end it's not guarantee of the 'quality' (if that can be measured objectively) of a program - people leave, people go on sabbaticals, etc. Funding too, is a tricky thing - just because a program may have dropped the number of funded slots one year doesn't mean they won't be able to fund people the next year. Last year was a tough year financially for most schools, but (hopefully) situations are improving, so I wouldn't say that the reputation of a school has suddenly slipped because of one year of bad funding - I don't think we're going to know how this has affected programs for a while (meaning if a program is unable to fund grad students for, say, five years). My program has still been able to fully fund all of its PhDs, but might have admitted a few fewer students this time around, which is maybe a better move than admitting students without any funding, but I also know people who started out without funding (at other schools) and were able to get it later, or at the last minute. So I'm not willing to count a program out for having a bad year or two or to say that a program isn't worth applying to when we don't really know what most school's situations are going to be this year.