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2000 Conference

In October, 1999, a 21-member Advisory Board convened in Seattle, Washington to review the progress of the inventory and contribute to shaping the project's outcomes. Via structured discussions and informal interaction, the group agreed on three priorities for doctoral education to be addressed at an invitational conference in April, 2000 (see below):

  1. to re-examine the "essence" of the Ph.D., including length and composition of requirements;

  2. to enhance preparation of Ph.D.s for a variety of professional options;

  3. to increase the diversity of doctoral students who complete the Ph.D.

Based on the information thus far collected and analyzed, the Advisory Board also helped to determine further activities and avenues to pursue in order to complete the inventory. The intellectual capital of these important thinkers was vital to processing the ideas and conceptions, and to the construction of the final products of the inventory process.

The results of the best thinking of the Advisory Board and other important contributors were prepared in various forms for presentation the national conference on Re-envisioning the Ph.D., hosted by the Graduate School at the University of Washington, April 13, 14 & 15, 2000. Invited to the conference were leaders from various constituencies concerned about doctoral education: research-intensive universities, comprehensive and doctoral universities, liberal arts and community colleges, doctoral students, business and industry, foundations, government, disciplinary and educational associations, K-12 education, and accrediting agencies.

The Conference had four goals:

  1. to share promising practices that represent current efforts to enhance doctoral education;

  2. to develop meaningful dialogue within and across the sectors that will lead to change focused on the three priorities;

  3. to identify what each sector will contribute to moving forward on the three priorities;

  4. to establish commitments from each sector for planning and executing a set of actions.

The full Conference Program is available in PDF format. You will need Acrobat Reader software to view the PDF file.

Download the Conference Program

The conference was a unique occasion for the different sectors involved in doctoral education to come together, exchange opinions, strengthen agreements, and mutually establish an agenda for change. The plans and ideas generated by participants are listed under the Town Meeting, Next Steps and the Conference Metathemes.

2000 Conference

We are grateful to the representatives from the many organizations, corporations, agencies, and institutions that have taken the time to participate in our project and to share with us their perspectives on doctoral education:

American Anthropological Association

American Assembly Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-The International Association for Management Education

American Association for Higher Education

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Association of Universities

American Chemical Society

American Historical Association

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Institute of Physics

American Musicological Society

American Philosophical Association

American Physical Society

American Political Science Association

American Psychological Association

American Society for Microbiology

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Sociological Association

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Antioch University

Arizona State University, School of Accountancy & Information

Arizona State University-West

Associated New American Colleges

Associated Western Universities

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Association of American Geographers

Association of Directors of Doctoral Programs in Business

Association of Graduate Schools

Bainbridge Island School District

Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Boston College

Boston Globe

Bowling Green State University

Bronx Community College

Brown University

Cabrillo College

California State University, Fresno

Claremont Graduate University

Columbia University

Council of Chemical Research (CCR)

Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Social Work Education

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Drake University

Educational Testing Service

Elon College

Exxon Mobil Research & Engineering Co.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Gates Education Initiative

Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduate Management Admission Council

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

Hampton University

Harvard University

Higher Education Programs, U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Highline Community College

Hoffman-La Roche, Inc.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Diego

Howard University

Hudson County Community College

ICOS Corporation


Indiana University

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Institute for Advanced Study

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute for K-12 Leadership, University of Washington

Institute for Systems Biology

Institute of Management Accountants

Intel Corporation

International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences

Iona College

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Library of Congress

Malaspina University-College

Menlo College, University of Michigan

Merck Research Laboratories

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Microsoft Research

Modern Language Association Graduate Student Caucus

National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)

National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS)

National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc.

National Communication Association

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institute for Science Education (NISE)

National Institutes of Health / NCI Cancer Training Branch

National Institutes of Health / National Institute of General Medical Sciences

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

National Research Council

National Science Foundation

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

North Seattle Community College

Oakton Community College

Ohio Board of Regents

Ohio State University

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pew Health Professional Commission

Portland State University

Procter & Gamble

Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

Project Kaleidoscope

Proskauer Rose, LLP

Puyallup School District

Rutgers University

San Jose State University

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

South Kitsap School District

Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program

Stanford University

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

State Higher Education Executive Officers

State of Washington, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Strategic Marketing Corp./United Information Group

Susquehanna University

Syracuse University

Technical University of British Columbia

Temple University

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Society for Ethnomusicology

The Spencer Foundation

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Energy

University of Alabama-Birmingham

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Diego

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati, College of Business

University of Kansas, Graduate and Professional Association

University of Maryland

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of Pennsylvania

University of Washington

University of Washington, School of Nursing

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Walden University

Washington State University

Washington University

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Weyerhaeuser Company

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

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