Toward Improving Ph. D. Programs

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VI
The Opinion of Graduates in Active Service

As ALREADY MENTIONED, several local studies bearing on the questions taken up in this inquiry were placed at the Commission's disposal. They have to do with departmental rating procedures, student opinion on the teaching ability of faculty members, letters from employing groups on institutional placement service, follow-up studies of former graduates, and the like. Three of these studies, aimed at getting evaluations from active college teachers of their own experience in graduate school, will serve to round out the discussion here presented. All three were stimulated, in one way or another, by some phase of the Commission's program.


SOME COLLEGE TEACHERS IN THE EAST

The first of these supplementary inquiries, made during 1941- 42, consists of questionnaire returns and accompanying statements from 123 recently appointed persons serving on the faculties of universities, colleges of liberal arts, and teachers colleges in the state of New York.1 As a group they represent a wide range of experience since their doctoral work was done in twenty-five different institutions and their fields of concentration covered mathematics and the natural sciences (36), education (27), history and the social sciences (25), the humanities (22), psychology (5), and a variety of special fields (8). At the time of the study, 85 were teaching in academic departments either in liberal arts institutions or teachers colleges, 24 similarly in departments of education, and the remaining 14 were

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These data were collected by Harold E. B. Speight, who was at the time jointly employed by the Commission on Teacher Education and the Association of the Colleges and Universities of the State of New York.

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