ERIC Number: EJ1059365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
How Broad Liberal Arts Training Produces Phd Economists: Carleton's Story
Bourne, Jenny; Grawe, Nathan D.
Journal of Economic Education, v46 n2 p166-173 2015
Several recent studies point to strong performance in economics PhD programs of graduates from liberal arts colleges. While every undergraduate program is unique and the likelihood of selection bias combines with small sample sizes to caution against drawing strong conclusions, the authors reflect on their experience at Carleton College to identify potentially generalizable principles. They believe that accessibility of the curriculum to non-majors, intense faculty supervision of student-driven research, in-depth advising, and careful programming contribute to Carleton College's recent success in producing PhDs. Although some of the practices can be easily adapted, the authors note large opportunity costs associated with many of the choices the College has made.
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Economics Education, Doctoral Degrees, Undergraduate Study, Small Colleges, College Curriculum, College Faculty, Academic Advising, College Role, Nonmajors, Student Research, Supervision, College Programs, Success
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota