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Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph.D

reviewed by Shaun R. Harper & Andrew H. Nichols - August 23, 2006

coverTitle: Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph.D
Author(s): Michael T. Nettles and Catherine M. Millett
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 080188232X, Pages: 368, Year: 2006
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The spring/summer 2006 issue of UrbanEd, the magazine of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, is devoted to the future of the Ph.D. in education. Various writers throughout the publication report on several trends and challenges concerning doctoral education. In one article, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor Yvonna S. Lincoln comments on barometers of effectiveness in doctoral education: There are some easy benchmarks. Are your graduates sought after and hired? What are your students doing five years from now, what are they doing ten years from now, what are they doing 15 years from now? Are they making their own way as solid researchers? (p. 23) In addition to these questions, more needs to be known about those who enroll in Ph.D. programs, the backgrounds and experiences with which they apply, how they manage to finance their pursuit of doctoral degrees, and what occurs during their progression toward degree... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 23, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12693, Date Accessed: 10/19/2019 9:58:56 PM

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  • Shaun Harper
    Pennsylvania State University
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    SHAUN R. HARPER is an Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Formerly, he served as Executive Director of the Doctor of Education Program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. He is co-author (with Jason Pontius) of Principles for Good Practice in Graduate and Professional Student Engagement. He has presented over 85 sessions at national higher education and student affairs professional conferences, many pertaining to various aspects of doctoral education.
  • Andrew Nichols
    Pennsylvania State University
    ANDREW H. NICHOLS is a Ph.D. Candidate and Doctoral Research Assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he serves as president of the Higher Education Student Association. He has presented his research at the national conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the American College Personnel Association.
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