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ERIC Number: ED047626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-3
Pages: 19
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New Directions for the Ph.D.?
Deener, David R.
The award rate of doctorates has tripled since 1960 and the projections indicate that by 1980 the rate will be somewhere between 60 and 70,000. In recent years every facet of the PhD has come under attack. The degree will probably be reshaped from a standard of achievement and accomplishment to a standard of potential, from a demonstration of the ability to use certain research skills to mere knowledge of what the skills are. There are three groups that will affect the reshaping of the PhD: (1) Those who plan to obtain the degree because it is the promise to a better life. As more people become aware of this factor, the pressure will increase to do away with the achievement standard. (2) The second group, the current PhD holders, the college faculty, will want to keep the degree exclusive, especially at a time when the job market is tight. (3) The third group that will affect the PhD is the one that pays for it: the federal and state governments, neither of which seems interested in expansion of PhD programs, and the undergraduate students whose tuition often pays for graduate programs. There probably will be pressure to generalize the PhD degree and the PhD will no longer be the mark of highest achievement as a research degree. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
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Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 3, 1970