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Professional Doctorates 2016: Updates And Further Recommendations, Walden University Professional Doctorate Working Group 2 Jan 2016

Professional Doctorates 2016: Updates And Further Recommendations, Walden University Professional Doctorate Working Group 2

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The charge to this second working group was to examine the 2012 recommendations and clarify Walden’s position on professional doctorates. Unlike the first effort that addressed differences between professional and academic doctorates, the expectations for this group were to focus on the commonalities in the university’s professional doctorates; set clear and consistent definitions, standards, and requirements for our professional doctorates; and link those programs to employment paths more directly. From the outset, the working group acknowledged that any outcome will be a “living document” that continues to be refined as discussion continues in the university community.


Professional Doctorates: Literature, History, And Recommendations, Walden University Professional Doctorate Working Group Jan 2012

Professional Doctorates: Literature, History, And Recommendations, Walden University Professional Doctorate Working Group

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The purpose of this paper is to guide the Walden University academic community toward a consistent understanding of the standards and scope for our doctoral degrees, with a focus on the professional doctorates. The specific purpose of the findings in this paper is to help shape future development and assessment of professional doctorates within the University. Tools within this document can be used for guidance and criteria to help demonstrate that Walden is upholding basic agreed-upon standards of doctoral education