Brown dropped the GRE requirement for doctoral students. It’s hard to imagine how stupid one needs to be to fail the embarrassingly easy GRE but Brown is on the lookout for precisely such people.
We keep complaining that there are too many PhDs competing for too few jobs but at the same time there’s an effort to herd people who need anything but a PhD into these programs.
Instead of the GRE, it will now be about “recommendation letters, personal statements and interviews.” In other words, whoever has a more convincing sob story gets in, has a horrible time, graduates, and becomes a perennially pouty adjunct.
Obviously, the already dying foreign language departments are eagerly participating in this.