THE TRADITIONAL DOCTORATE MIGRATING TO THE PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE: HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Dominican University (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 2nd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:Technology has enhanced and changed the field of higher education. The focus would be graduate studies and how technology has enabled these programs to be assessable to a multiaudience. The focus would be traditional graduate programs migrating to online/hybrid programs.
Background of professional PhD programs: this would include a brief history of professional degree programs and the components of these programs.
Background of traditional PhD programs: again, a brief history, but focusing on the question if they still necessary today in every field? Is it realistic to spend approximately six years studying a subject, such as technology, library science, education, that constantly changes?
Shifting demographics of students seeking an advanced degree: the majority higher education degrees are being sought by people who have practiced in the field and are in their 30s.
% of students completing a traditional PhD vs. a professional PhD
• Reasons why universities are migrating to professional PhD programs
• Examples of universities that have switched to professional PhD programs – successes and failures
• Reasons why universities are migrating to online PhD programs
• Examples of universities that have migrated online – successes and failures