An Exploratory Data Analysis of a Graduate Student (N=1)

We are at the precipice of a nationwide epidemic with unknown consequences. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of secondary degree–granting institutions rose 35% between 1980 and 2007. During this time, the annual incidence of new PhD and EdD degrees nearly doubled to 63,712 in 2007–2008 and is expected to increase another 42% by 2019. Earning an advanced degree in any field is an awe-inspiring accomplishment that engenders a personal sense of accomplishment, respect from colleagues, and pride from family members. But what goes on during the experience? What are its consequences?

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