ERIC Number: ED040677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Undergraduate and Graduate Instruction.
Miller, John Perry
Higher education is undergoing rapid change, and institutions of higher education are reexamining their role. Graduate institutions are being attacked for not producing competent teachers, undergraduate institutions are criticized for lack of relevance. The traditional functions of the undergraduate school have been remedial, liberal and in some cases professional education. The functions of the graduate school have been to define the standards for competence in the various disciplines and professions, and to prepare people to practice these disciplines and professions. In the graduate school of arts and sciences there has been increasing emphasis on the Ph.D. degree. The procession from general to professional education is an unduly rigid concept. The whole sequence of higher education and more particularly the relation between the college on the one hand and the graduate and professional school on the other should be reconsidered; graduate and professional training could begin in the junior or senior year. In the graduate school a new degree for persons interested in a teaching career should be created, so that the Ph.D. is for those interested in research, or teaching and research. Specialization between institutions in their degree programs would avoid making one of these degrees the less desirable one. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1970.