ERIC Number: ED477443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Evolutionary Losses? The Growth of Graduate Programs at Undergraduate Colleges.
McCormick, Alexander C.; Staklis, Sandra
This study examined the addition and expansion of graduate programs at primarily undergraduate colleges. The primary approach of the study was quantitative, consisting of descriptive and multivariate analysis of master's degree programs at colleges that were classified in 1994 as Baccalaureate Colleges. Data came from the 1994 and 2000 Carnegie Classification files, various components of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and the Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education. Representatives from the graduate offices of eight colleges were interviewed. Evidence from the study offers modest support for the proposition that the expansion of mission at undergraduate colleges adding graduate programs is, at least in part, related to fiscal concerns. The wealthier an institution, the less likely it was to have added or expanded graduate programs. The limited test of market response in this study offers little evidence that increased demand for graduate education is driving these changes. The factors examined in this paper are better at explaining the growth of existing programs than they are at explaining the introduction of new ones. Findings from the quantitative analyses in combination with interview findings suggest there is no single set of factors that accounts for the addition or expansion of graduate programs in a diverse set of institutions. (Contains 1 figure, 6 tables, and 37 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).