ERIC Number: EJ985307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-5
The Ph.D. Value Proposition
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n11 p14-15 Jul 2012
Atlanta University launched its doctor of arts in humanities (DAH) programs almost 40 years ago, and, since the 1988 merger with Clark College, Clark Atlanta University has continued to award the degrees. This fall, for the first time, its students will be able to earn Ph.D.s in humanities instead. In DAH programs around the country, there's been a whole lot of research and talk about students wanting the Ph.D. degree and feeling that the Ph.D. degree--just by the nature of a Ph.D. degree--would make them even more marketable. The same goal is behind other changes occurring in humanities Ph.D. programs, whose graduates have long struggled to land positions on college faculties, more so in the current weak economy. The changes include training humanities doctoral candidates to meet the teaching and service requirements of junior faculty positions, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between different academic fields and building relationships with alternative employers, such as businesses and cultural institutions.
Descriptors: Humanities, Doctoral Programs, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Relevance (Education), Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Doctoral Degrees
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Education Level: Higher Education
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