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Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student

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Fueled by a desire to become a teacher, Loren Mayshark entered Hunter College in 2008, with the intention of gaining a master’s degree in two years. Six years and tens of thousands of dollars later, he abandoned his studies without attaining the degree. This is the tale of one young man’s journey through the labyrinth of American higher education, stymied by haughty profes ...more
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Published April 27th 2017
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Michelle
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much has been written about the staggering cost of student loan debt and the negative impact and drag on the US economy. “Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student” authored by Loren Mayshark, is an expose of atrocious (lesser known) educational fraud. In 2008, Mayshark enrolled at Hunter College aspiring to earn a M.A. degree in their advertised two year 30 credit graduate degree program. By 2015, Mayshark realized he had no option but to resign from the program. The degree he had s ...more
Caitlin
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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"Academic Betrayal:The Bullying of a Graduate Student" is a short memior about Loren Maysharks' own experiences as a graduate student at Hunter University in New York. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Mayshark traveled around America, trying to find what he is passionate about and deciding whether he would undertake graduate studies after being an above average student in both High School and as an Undergrad. After being inspired by his experience in Mexico and working with Latin Ameri ...more
Lynn
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I chose to read this book about the difficulties and perils of graduate school because I too had struggled in graduate school. There was a time when I felt the system was against me as did the aurhor. I was anixious to see how my experiences compared.

However, I found this book to be a whine-fest. It was one long documented complaint and i lost sympathey for him about half way in. It appears that most people at Hunter University did not like him and you can now add me to that list.
Barbara Ann
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mayshark bemoans the corporatization of higher education and administrative control of higher education. He complains about the six years he
wasted at Hunter College, leaving there without receiving a master's degree. My experience at Hunter College as an undergraduate was vastly different. I completed my 125 credit undergraduate degree with a major in history in three years. At that time Hunter required 62 credits of certain courses as well as a minimum of 24 credits in a major and a minimum of
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E.P.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Higher education has been in a parlous state for some time now, and the higher you go up the food chain, degree-wise, the more parlous it is. Although Loren Mayshark's experience is unusually bad, it is symptomatic of the kinds of problems that grad students can expect to face, and is a cautionary tale for what to avoid if you do decide to get a graduate degree.

Mayshark decided he wanted to get an MA in Latin American history in order to teach at the college level. An MA would only qualify him f
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Darren
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a Master’s degree student who enrolled at a U.S. university with the expectation of graduating within two years. This was not to be, and they called it quits six years and tens of thousands of dollars later. The stated reason? Academic betrayal from a dysfunctional university that allegedly focussed on its own bureaucratic needs and fee-gathering instead of the provision of promised education.

The story is shocking and alarming, especially from my Finnish (and European) persp
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Barbara
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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-3/5. I received a free copy of this book via the Goodreads giveaway.

"Academic Betrayal" is author Loren Mayshark's detailed and at times disturbing account of his six years at Hunter College, where various obstacles kept him from achieving his dream of receiving his masters degree and teaching history at the college level. Dealing with administrative barriers and individual professors, the author recounts his challenges in a readable and relatable way.

I liked this book as it came across as auth
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Aelee
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a would be grad students trials and tribulations navigating Hunter College's Latin American History program or lack There of. 30 credits and 6 yrs latter he leaves school empty handed.

Trust me as an undergraduate, I've been there. He goes on documenting in details the excruciating process to get accepted and then registered in his desired program. Apparently, which did not exist. We are then taken through one hellacious series of unfortunate incidences of bureaucratic BS which
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Stan Skrabut
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
When I saw that Loren Mayshark had written another book, I knew that I had to read it. I personally like how he writes his books—he writes from his heart. You know he's telling a personal story.

The title and cover immediately grabbed my attention. When I picked it up to read it, I could not put it down. I finished it in one sitting. This book is Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student . Since I work in higher education, the obstacles Mayshark faced fascinated me. I am confident
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Dai Reading
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you for Giveaway.
Has more relevance for American readers/students. Horrendous sequence of events (almost Kafka-esque). Well documented, if a little repetitive. One can understand, up to a point, why he continued to pursue his goal against all the incredible difficulties constantly thrown up - since stopping would have meant giving up on so much, both in terms of money and effort expended, to say nothing of his loss of ultimate goal. He was more or less trapped in an 'I'm too far down this
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Maree Gray
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to win this book on Goodreads.
Wow - what an ordeal this young man went through trying to attain his Masters degree.
A very well written, articulate account of the challenges he faced. I could feel his pain and disillusionment with the system as I read his account of events. It saddens me that a University and its supposed teachers have been reduced to worrying about the bottom dollar rather than their primary function, that of providing a place of learning for students.
I wish Lore
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Cherity
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
If I could give it zero stars, I would.
The book is basically an incoherent rant of "poor me, everyone's against me, everyone hates me, they all suck".
The author wanted to expose the "rotten system" of graduate school but all he showed was how he wasn't prepared to deal with graduate school and probably shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Also, the descriptions of how school administrators looked and of their weight and accent were really not to the point and very mean.
Nicole Henderson
Truly eye-opening

I feel much sympathy for the author.

The trials that he endured have made him a better person, and I hope that he has found happiness again in his life. I am curious about this institution and will conduct further research to see if any other past students or faculty have written similar accounts. It's appalling to me that people can behave this way.
Alan
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This was an interesting read, but not a book that I would have chosen by choice. I am grateful for the chance to have read this book, but shall be passing it on to someone who will enjoy more than I.
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Loren Mayshark was fortunate to have parents who offered him opportunities to see the world and introduce him to many exciting places which instilled in him a passion for travel. As his wanderlust grew, he journeyed to more than thirty US states and at least as many foreign countries while visiting four continents.

After college, he supported his itinerant lifestyle by working dozens of jobs includ
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“As Chomsky explains, this is part of a wider movement to separate the population into two groups: the “plutonomy” and the “precariat.” The uber-wealthy thrive upon the precarious position of the “precariat” workers, who are so insecure in their livelihoods that they will not dare to strike or ask for additional benefits because of the risk of weakening their position.” 1 likes
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