Thursday, April 16, 2009
The incredible shrinking number of PhDs at AUCA
When I first started working at AUCA in August 2007 there were eight faculty in the International and Comparative Politics Department of which four of us were full time with PhDs. The next semester the total number of faculty in the department increased to nine of which five were full time with PhDs. At the start of my second year this ratio plummetted dramatically. This academic year out of ten faculty members only two of us are full time with Ph.Ds. Other departments have even fewer people with doctorates. This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt AUCA will ever get accreditation in the US. But, now I hear the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic is making noise about revoking local accreditation due to the extremely small number of instructors with terminal degrees.