ERIC Number: ED481784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-10
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate Education in Arkansas: Doctoral and Specialist Degrees.
Walters, Garrison; Powell, Wayne; Yates, Albert
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board directed the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) to conduct a study of the graduate education needs of the state and the wise use of limited state resources to meet these graduate education needs. ADHE staff collected information from a variety of sources. As of February 2000, the ADHE staff had received six proposals for new doctoral programs and four universities proposed a collaborative doctoral program. Recommendations were made by the ADHE about these proposed programs. These recommendations make the point that, despite the long-term importance of doctoral programs to the economic future of the state, its short-term priorities should be in improving access to higher education and in strengthening science and engineering programs at all levels. The example of Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees, which fall into the practitioner/professional degree category, rather than the research degree category, illustrates some of the complexities of implementing new doctoral programs. Despite the need for more Ed.S. training, the review staff of the ADHE concludes that the state should be cautious about the extent to which resources are focused on these programs. They should not detract from the fundamental mission of training and supporting teachers. New Ed.S. programs should establish formal cooperative agreements with existing programs. Similar analyses discuss the situation for social science and humanities doctorates, knowledge and information management programs, and physical science and life science programs. Specific recommendations are made for individual institutions. The overall conclusion is that in the short run, investments in doctoral programs will provide a comparatively smaller economic "bang for the buck." An appendix outlines some outcomes of the Graduate Education Study. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Dept. of Higher Education, Little Rock.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas