ERIC Number: ED428619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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"Healthy & Expanding?" An Empirical Analysis of Academic Drift in the Doctorate Sector.
Morphew, Christopher C.
This study builds upon prior research studies of academic drift and the diversity of higher education systems to examine how universities grow and to ask whether such growth produces greater or lesser diversity within higher education systems. The study uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from 1988-89 through 1995-96 to compare doctorates and degree programs produced by universities new to the Carnegie classification research university 1 group to those produced by universities that had been in this category since 1987. For purposes of the study, two groups of universities were identified: traditional universities, that is, those classified in 1987; and rising universities, which originally had been classified as doctorate universities, but were reclassified in 1994 as research universities. Findings indicated that while rising universities did add programmatic diversity, they did not offer the same patterns of doctoral programming as did traditional universities, nor were they any more likely than traditional universities to grant doctorates to women or minorities. Thus, the paper questions the assumption that rising universities contribute to diversity, noting that the students in doctoral programs at both traditional and rising universities are similar in terms of gender and racial background. (Contains 27 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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