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ERIC Number: ED446602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 187
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-882982-36-3
The PhD Factory: Training and Employment of Science and Engineering Doctorates in the United States.
Goldman, Charles A.; Massy, William F.
Based on new research exploring the training and employment of science and engineering PhDs in the United States, this book predicts that with constant future resources and with constant domestic employment outside academe, academic departments will produce an average 20% to 24% annual excess of new Ph.D.s over employment opportunities. The models show that expanding university research and education will make the imbalance worse over the long run. These arguments are advanced in these chapters: (1) "The National Investment in PhDs"; (2) "The System of Training and Employing PhDs"; (3) "The Employment Gap for PhD Scientists and Engineers"; (4) "Production of Teaching and Research in Departments"; (5) "Student Attainment of the PhD"; (6) "Faculty Career Patterns"; (7) "Conclusions about the Academic System"; (8) "Modeling the Employment Gap for PhD Scientists and Engineers"; (9) "Modeling Production of Teaching and Research in Departments"; (10) "Modeling Student Attainment of the PhD"; (11) "Modeling Faculty Career Patterns"; and (12) "Future Directions in Research." An appendix discusses the treatment of departments in the modeling. (Contains 35 tables, 27 figures, and 36 references.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A