There is No PhD in Love. Instead, there’s a ‘filtering out’ system.
When I was a graduate student at UCSD, my adviser, Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm and local billionaire, advised me that at the end of my second year there enrolled in a PhD program, there would be a “filtering out procedure.” Jacobs, the ultimate meritocrat, thought nothing about the disruption of lives that would be caused by having them filtered out.
Some of these people had sacrificed to come there leaving good jobs; some of them had families to support. I felt somewhat responsible because I had persuaded some of them to enroll in that program. But Jacobs had no qualms about filtering them out if they didn’t meet his high standards and didn’t deserve to be in the ranks of the ‘best and the brightest.’
My point was why did they admit them into the program in the first place if they didn’t think they were good enough to be designated PhDs?