Aug. 7, 2002
Contact: Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's new Ph.D. in technology has been granted accreditation by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), at its recent meeting.

Don Bennion, head of accreditation for EMU, said the NCA's three-person review panel conducted a paper review and found everything to be in order.

"This is exciting," said John Dugger, dean of EMU's College of Technology. "We're ready to go to the next stage."

That stage is selecting students to fill the 12-15 openings in the first cohort, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2003, according to Dugger. He said about 50 letters of interest have already been received for the program without any advertising. This program will help EMU become a national leader in this exciting emerging field, said Dugger.

Dugger said EMU's Ph.D. in technology is unique because it will focus on technology management and technology deployment issues, not creating technology.

"While some places focus on creating technology, we will figure out how to deploy and find uses for technology," Dugger said.

Dr. David Boggs is the interim program leader.

The Ph.D. in technology is EMU's third doctoral program. Graduates will help address a critical shortage of faculty in industrial and engineering technology higher education programs across the country, said Dugger. There also are many job opportunities in industrial extension and technology management.

The University also has an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.