ERIC Number: EJ1001347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-20
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Beginning of the End?
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n23 p10-11 Dec 2012
Drew Brown, a native from Windsor Ontario, Canada, had several acceptance letters from prestigious doctoral programs across the country when he decided two years ago to further his graduate study. But Temple University's doctoral program in African-American studies quickly rose to the top of his list. Now, halfway into his second year at Temple, Brown says that he's deeply worried about the program's reputation, saying that the university has taken steps to undermine the department's self-efficacy. Among the students' chief complaints is the decision by Dr. Teresa Soufas, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, to place the department in university receivership, meaning it had to relinquish control of the department to an external authority. But the back-and-forth between the department and the administration and years of backbiting within the department have led some to conclude that the university may, in fact, be looking to demolish the African-American studies department or merge it into another program, a charge that Soufas vehemently denies.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Administrators, Black Studies, Teacher Student Relationship, Graduate Study, Doctoral Programs, Higher Education, Graduate Students
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Education Level: Higher Education
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