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Springfield College Approved To Retitle Doctoral Program

March 3, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Mar. 3, 2006 --

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) has determined that Springfield College’s longstanding Doctor of Physical Education Program (D.P.E.) is equivalent to comparable doctor of philosophy programs and has approved Springfield College’s request to change the title of the program to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

According to Springfield College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean A. Wyld, “The Ph.D. more accurately describes the research focus of our curriculum. Springfield College’s doctoral program has long been equivalent to Ph.D. programs in exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, and physical education teaching and administration.”

In granting the change of title, the BHE considered the program’s curriculum quality and faculty credentials, as well as positions earned by its graduates. Springfield College also demonstrated that its doctoral program in physical education was fully comparable to Ph.D. programs offered by such institutions as The University of Michigan, Ohio State University, The University of Virginia, Indiana University and The University of North Carolina.

Springfield College titled its doctoral program D.P.E. in 1950 to reflect its expertise in the field of physical education. “We have found that the D.P.E. degree has become less well understood as a research doctorate by potential employers now that there is an increased variety of doctoral degrees in clinical and applied disciplines. This designation worked well for many years, as our graduates have been very successful in obtaining employment as faculty members in many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, but the Ph.D. title is more appropriate today,” Wyld said.

Springfield College will award its first Ph.D. degrees to its doctoral graduates on May 13, 2006.

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