ERIC Number: ED059889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Accreditation of Physics Graduate Programs.
The author of this paper assumes that more persons will desire to enter the field of physics than will be able to find employment in this field. The question is how and at what stage in their careers should some of these prospective physicists be "deflected" from their chosen field. A case is made for this decision being made at the entrance to graduate school. The problems and difficulties with reducing graduate admissions are discussed. In order to reduce admissions, an accreditation board is suggested to be established under the supervision of the American Institute of Physicists. Among the criteria suggested for this accreditation would be faculty/student ratio, competence of the faculty, and research productivity. Certain programs are listed which might receive special consideration with regard to innovations and specific student groups. Several alternative methods of using the faculty/student ratio are discussed. Specific oppositions to program accreditation are cited and defenses described. (Author/TS)
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.