ERIC Number: ED188540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Estimates of Doctorates to Be Conferred by Western Universities in English, Philosophy and History, 1980-1982.
This small study provides information on the numbers of doctorates in philosophy, history and English literature that universities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming expect to award between 1980 and 1982. A brief survey form was mailed to the heads of humanities departments at 31 Western universities that offer doctoral degrees in English, history and philosophy. The form asked respondents to estimate number of doctorates to be conferred until 1982, whether doctoral awards would increase or decrease in 1983-84, and how nonacademic employment would affect doctoral candidates. Results showed that English departments report aggregate estimates of increased numbers of doctorates in the next three years, while history departments show an increase from June 1980 to June 1981, then a sharp decline to June 1982. The estimated number of doctorates in philosophy is greater than the average of degrees conferred over the past five years. It was estimated that most programs would stabilize their doctoral population and try to control initial large numbers of doctoral awards to prospective candidates. History departments were the most active in preparing graduates for nonacademic careers; philosophy departments least active. Appendices include a list of departments surveyed, copies of cover letters and survey forms used, and a directory of advisory council members associated with the project. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Graduate School.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Washington Univ., Seattle.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.