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ERIC Number: ED313965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 32
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Doctoral Study in Programs of Higher Education: Overviews and Prospects. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Townsend, Barbara K.
An overview of the nature and content of doctoral study in higher education is presented, focusing on an analysis of the literature indicating potential outcomes of these programs. The type of training for academic administrators and the significance of this training for degree recipients and for colleges and universities are examined. The study questions whether it is feasible to expect that graduates of these programs are more prepared for administration or behave differently than administrators who have not completed these programs. The nature and content of doctoral study in higher education is not well understood by individuals unacquainted with higher education programs. An examination of the literature indicates: (1) discussion about the knowledge base in the field of higher education dominates the literature; (2) the skills most emphasized are those emphasized in graduate programs generally (research and writing skills); and (3) the outcome of conceptual competence has received the most attention. Lack of agreement about programmatic purposes affects the ability to higher education programs to evaluate themselves and develop evidence of their effectiveness. The effectiveness of program graduates and programs cannot be fully assessed until there is a better understanding of what knowledge and skills are needed in university and college administration. Not all faculty members are uniformly committed to the programmatic purpose of preparing administrators, and this is a hinderance to assessing the effectiveness of graduates. Contains 59 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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