I realize it is important that everyone, including myself, keep an open mind about this topic. Having survived the hazing, frustration, and final defense of the dissertation process, I personally feel like I conquered Mt Everest.
However, the question being asked in higher education now is is the dissertation process as it exists now truly necessary?
“The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended” (http://chronicle.com/article/The-Dissertation-Can-No-Longer/137215/?cid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en), discusses how the dissertation may be broken, and it is not the first article to do so.
What are your thoughts, even if you have no desire to go this route?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III