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ERIC Number: ED545185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Degrees of Change: How New Kinds of Professional Doctorates Are Changing Higher Education Institutions. Research & Occasional Paper Series: CSHE.8.13
Zusman, Ami
Center for Studies in Higher Education
Over the past fifteen years, new types of "professional practice" doctorates in fields ranging from nursing to bioethics have increased exponentially, from near zero to over 500 programs in at least a dozen fields in the U.S. today. This growth raises many policy questions. For example, do doctorate holders serve their clients and organizations more effectively? How do new credential requirements affect access to these professions? How are they shaping institutional missions, pressures, and resource allocation? Using national data and case studies, this paper examines the forces driving the growth of new types of professional practice doctorates and their impacts on higher education institutions, especially those that had not previously offered doctorates.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley. Center for Studies in Higher Education