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ERIC Number: EJ854079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Honoris Causa
Cronin, Blaise
Academic Questions, v16 n1 p60-68 Dec 2002
A reasonable estimate puts the number of living American holders of honorary degrees at about 150,000. This inflated figure and a general lack of seriousness--Kermit the Frog, for instance, delivered the commencement address at Southampton College in 1996--trouble the author of this article. He suggests that the practice might somehow be adjusted to account for honorees whose accomplishments have nothing to do with higher education. He opines that universities can continue to bestow the traditional honorary degrees on the A list as appropriate, but--and this is not an original suggestion--for the others it is time to institute a new breed of honorary doctorate, or even a university fellowship or medal, which is reserved for those categories of accomplishment which have no scholastic component to them. The pop stars, millionaires, and sporting gods will still have their day in the sun, but the integrity of the traditional degrees will not have been compromised.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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