ERIC Number: ED047624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-3
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Doctoral Programs in New and Emerging Institutions - To Be or Not To Be?
Lively, Edwin L.
Because of changes in the bases of financial support for graduate education, in supply-demand and placement factors, and in student selection of major fields, increased surveillance and even guidelines and restrictions on the creation, accreditation, and support of new doctoral programs have become justified. Some have proposed to limit Ph.D. production to 50, 75, or 100 of the older, more prestigious institutions of higher education. This would have the potential of stifling the intellectual and creative aspects of the degree, because quality and innovation cannot be maintained in all disciplines in any selected number of schools. Some of the emerging institutions have Ph.D.-granting departments that have received the leadership and support necessary to establish a quality degree, generally in programs for which there is substantial local need and support. In addition, limiting the Ph.D. programs to a few institutions, could create a schism in higher education and become a source for political intrigue. Seventy-three percent of all Ph.D. students are part-time and many of them are at the "emerging" institutions. This must be taken into account when the decisions regarding Ph.D. programs are made. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 3, 1970