Thursday, December 18, 2008

Age discrimination

Inside Higher Ed has a story about age discrimination in faculty hiring at universities.
A lawyer at the AARP views academe as a sector of society with a serious age discrimination problem — and not just in employment. Dan Korhman, who works on employment discrimination cases, said he has received several inquiries from people who were either rejected from graduate programs or admitted but denied aid, and who were told that departments didn’t see the logic of their starting a graduate program at their age. “It’s blatant age discrimination,” he said, adding that he’s looking for a test case to bring.

A few years abo, when I was in my 40's I was thinking about going back to school to act5ually finish up a PhD. I talked to someone on the faculty of the University of Texas business school graduate program in Information, Risk, and Operations Management.

Basically they use the fact that age discrimination is rampant at major universities to rationalize their own illegal discrimination in graduate program admissions.

What he told me was that they p;ick students they think have a good chance to excel in research careers at top 20 schools and that someone my age is unlikely to get a job at such a school after graduation so it would be a waste of my time to apply to their program.

They're really just a bunch of slimeballs.

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