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June 24, 2010

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Antiochians are justifiably proud of the College’s standing among other institutions when it comes to producing graduates that go on to earn doctorates in their profession. This installment of “Songs” attempts to arm the reader with the required information so that facts will be straight when friends are impressed.

In 1984, College of Wooster Psychology Professor Alfred Hall published a study in Change magazine called “Baccalaureate Origins of Doctorate Recipients, 1920-1980.” His research was based on a study conducted by the Office of Institutional Research at Franklin and Marshall University that ranked more than 800 private undergraduate colleges and universities according to the number of students who earned doctorates between 1920 and 1980. Hall’s research accounted for each school’s relative size, producing an index that ranked the institutions in the Franklin and Marshall study quite differently. By either measure, Antioch College came in strong against the top 100 with 955 doctorates earned among 2,278 graduates, but leapt from 16th to ninth on the list using Hall’s index.

Two years later, Carol Fuller, research associate with the Great Lakes College Association, sought to “broaden and refine” Hall’s work by “comparing institutional productivity based on the average number of baccalaureates awarded and the average number of PhDs earned by graduates of all accredited institutions during the years 1951 to 1980.” Her results were published in Change in November 1986. Now matched up against major state universities and powerhouse research institutions as well as other private liberal arts colleges, Antioch College still showed up well, placing 27th in a much larger field (it isn’t clear from Antiochiana’s copy of Fuller’s research how many schools she studied, but there are over 2000 accredited colleges and universities in the United States today).