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ERIC Number: ED013832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Sep
Pages: 11
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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE PH.D.
BOWERS, FREDSON
THE MAJOR ISSUE IN RECENT DISCUSSIONS OF THE PH.D. DEGREE IN ENGLISH IS HOW TO PROVIDE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PH.D.'S TO MEET THE NEEDS OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND PERHAPS ALSO TO LOWER THE ATTRITION RATE AMONG GRADUATE STUDENTS. DESPITE THE ACADEMIC WORLD'S FEAR OF A STATUS DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE UNDERGRADUATE TEACHER AND THE GRADUATE TEACHER, CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS ARE NECESSARY AND TWO DIFFERENT DEGREES SHOULD BE AWARDED IN ORDER TO SUPPLY AND ACCREDIT ENOUGH UNDERGRADUATE TEACHERS AND TO PREVENT THE PRESENT RESEARCH-ORIENTED PH.D. FROM BECOMING A TEACHING DEGREE ONLY. THE DOCTOR OF LIBERAL ARTS (D.L.A.) DEGREE, WITH A PROGRAM SIMILAR IN EARLY STAGES TO THE PH.D. BUT REQUIRING LESS TIME AND MUCH LESS EMPHASIS ON THE DISSERTATION, WOULD SUPPLY ENOUGH UNDERGRADUATE TEACHERS. THE PH.D., HOWEVER, SHOULD BE REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHERS AND SCHOLARS. A STREAMLINING OF THE PRESENT PH.D. DEGREE, ESPECIALLY THE LENGTH AND SCOPE OF THE DISSERTATION, IS NEEDED, BUT REGARDLESS OF THE SHORTAGE OF DEGREE HOLDERS, THE PH.D. SHOULD NEVER BECOME A TEACHING DEGREE WITH LESS REGARD FOR ITS SCHOLARLY CONTENT. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED AS PART OF "THE ADE BULLETIN," NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1966. (BN)
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Authoring Institution: Association of Departments of English, New York, NY.
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