Over the past fifteen years, new types of "professional practice" doctorates in fields ranging from nursing to bioethics have increased exponentially, from near zero to over 500 programs in at least a dozen fields in the U.S. today. This growth raises many policy questions. For example, do doctorate holders serve their clients and organizations more effectively? How do new credential requirements affect access to these professions? How are they shaping institutional missions, pressures, and resource allocation? Using national data and case studies, this paper examines the forces driving the growth of new types of professional practice doctorates and their impacts on higher education institutions, especially those that had not previously offered doctorates.
June 1, 2013
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS)
DEGREES OF CHANGE: How New Kinds of Professional Doctorates are Changing Higher Education Institutions by Ami Zusman CSHE.8.13 (June 2013)