A most excellent post Tony. A theme of the post seemed to be that one could make the dissertation part of the body of academic knowledge but it just requires additional work. The implication seemed to be that it was the responsibility of the graduate to put out this additional work. I would agree with that. I have heard of accredited schools that required doctorate students to go on a tour to present their material and disseminate it at other universities. What I have problems with though is the idea that it is the students' responsibility to not only do the additional work but to initiate this additional work. Isn't it the responsibility of the school to make sure that this gets done? Wouldn't not doing this indicate that the school may not really be part of the greater academic community?