Griffith University

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by PCap, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. PCap

    PCap New Member

    Anybody out there have information on Griffith University in Australia? The web site (escapes me now) describes a Ph.D. by publication process.It seems you have to be an accomplished,published scholar already and present this material to Griffith for evaluation and,maybe,award of the degree.Any thoughts on this? Why is this different from an honorary degree,or one from Vancouver University which will (and did for me)confer degrees based on publications after they are evaluated by outside academics with
    expertise in the field? I'm not staunchly defending Vancouver as I know it has gotten a bad rap in other threads,I just don't see the difference in some of the processes used by "less than wonderful" schools and those that are highly regarded.

    Any information appreciated.Thanks.
  2. Lewchuk

    Lewchuk member

    Processes are the same, standards are different.

  3. PCap

    PCap New Member

    Thank you. I can appreciate that.But isn't it true that in any school "C" students graduate along with "A" students? It seems that good DL schools,traditional institutions, from state to Ivy League, have this continuum of standards ("A" through "C" work will earn you your degree).Many students graduate from great schools after handing in crap projects etc., so my point is, that in some circumstances,I don't see the difference in a well regarded institution conferring degrees based on less than steller work,or great work,and a less than wonderful school,accredited or not,doing the same thing.Obviously a degree for a fee is bogus, as is a degree for a two page report etc. but I have purused many a thesis/dissertation and they sure don't always appear equal with respect to standards even within the same department of the same school.I beleive Dr. Bear touched upon this topic in one of his books but I don't recall exactly how it pans out.The question is, I suppose,is legitimate accreditation really a way to insure that a standard is met? I've been to many restaurants which hang the Health Department certificate on the wall showing they have met a standard of cleanliness only to have a cockroach skitter across the floor.Probably this subject has been discussed to death,and I don't want to beat a dead horse,but I either missed the threads or am mistaken.

    Best Regards To All
  4. Tom Head

    Tom Head New Member

    It's a credible school, and home to at least one major international process theology network. It was on my short list until I decided that my first Ph.D. should be in philosophy or religious studies, not theology.

    The doctorate-by-publication thing is actually quite common, and I understand that off-campus versions of it are also offered through the University of Luton (UK), the University of Teesside (UK), and the University of Technology, Sydney; sometimes a prior connection to the school must be present, and the process is always a rigorous one, usually involving an extremely lengthy (sometimes 100,000+ word) summary paper on how one's lifetime of work has affected the field in question.

    Are the Ph.D.'s-by-publication a sort of honorary doctorate, though? Well, apparently yes, to a certain extent; people who complete them are expected to always list "by publication" on the resume, and most schools that offer such degrees print "by Publication" prominently on the diploma. But they're a step above honorary doctorates in that they indicate that work has at least been done in the field.


    Tom Head

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