ERIC Number: ED219993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-19
The Value and Future of Graduate Education Leading to a Master's Degree: A National Perspective.
Pelczar, Michael J., Jr.
The value of graduate education at the master's degree level is considered by the president of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in an address to a 1980 conference of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Graduate education at the master's degree level involves the overwhelming majority of graduate students. In addition, in the field of nursing there is a need for more education and training at the graduate level, and particularly at the master's degree level. It is suggested that the assessment of quality must recognize the diversity of objectives of various programs. A questionnaire containing 60 statements concerning characteristics of doctoral programs was field tested as part of a doctoral program evaluation project of the Graduate Record Examination Board and the CGS, which has also engaged in a similar project at the master's degree level. It is proposed that attention needs to be given to further extending present federal student support programs to candidates for graduate degrees, particularly during their first year of study, so as to reduce the exclusionary pressures against qualified students who have financial limitations. It is concluded that: the master's degree is the growth industry of graduate education; it is a level of higher education that a larger and larger percentage of society will continue to seek to satisfy their personal desire for educational advancement; it is a level of higher education that society needs in order to address increasingly complex problems; and it is a level of higher education needed by society so that leaders have better informed and educated followers. (SW)
Descriptors: College Role, Doctoral Programs, Educational Benefits, Educational Quality, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Nursing Education, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Eleven Dupont Circle, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Lexington, KY, March 19, 1980).