ERIC Number: ED445899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Flexible Doctoral Programs for International Faculty.
Rajgopal, Jayant; Bidanda, Bopaya; Shuman, Larry J.
In recent years there has been a strong interest on the part of universities, particularly in Latin America and Southeast Asia, to increase the percentage of their engineering faculty with doctoral degrees. Since there are relatively few doctoral programs in engineering in these countries, many universities would like to upgrade their current faculty by encouraging them to obtain doctoral degrees from nationally ranked schools in the U.S. or Europe. Unfortunately, given their teaching workloads and faculty shortages it is extremely difficult for these universities to grant their faculty a protracted leave of absence of four or more years to complete their education abroad. In this paper, authors present and discuss alternative models for doctoral programs designed for such faculty, that are flexible enough to accommodate their unique circumstances while at the same time maintain academic rigor. The key factors enabling such an approach are the growth in distance-education technology, the Internet and sophisticated means of rapid and interactive communications. Authors detail a number of academic issues, along with several alternative strategies for the actual delivery of these programs. A typical doctoral program is dissected into its components and models for flexible programs within each are detailed. Finally, a model program developed at the University of Pittsburgh is described. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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