The truth is, teaching colleges and community colleges didn't value doctoral-trained candidates prepared for teaching their disciplines. They wanted the PhD. This killed the DA. That's why I proposed in my hypothetical thought exercise that it could be repurposed to prepare people--inside and outside the academy--for teaching adults. Not subject-matter experts who'd gone through some "train the trainer program" (and I've conducted those both inside and outside the university setting), but someone who's truly masterful at facilitating adult learning and has doctoral-level expertise in the discipline. Anyone who's been through a lousy training session can appreciate that! In my field, talent development, I hold both the highest professional credential (the CPTD) and the highest academic award in it (the doctorate). I know both what that field can do and could do. So I thought I'd share it here. Perhaps after the "yeahbutts" wear off, we can discuss how something like this can be of use and be brought about?