Accession Number : AD1019200


Title :   Improving the Air Force Civilian Graduate Education System Through Increased Use of External Funding for PHD Candidates


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States


Personal Author(s) : Allred,Clark L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1019200.pdf


Report Date : 01 Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : Each year, the Air Force sends scores of officers to civilian universities to earn doctoral degrees. This is a significant monetary investment, involving millions of dollars in tuition as well as the larger cost of the officers salary during their time in school. This paper argues that the Air Force could better capitalize on its educational investments by increasing the standard time allowed for a doctoral program from three years to four and one-half years, doing away with the prerequisite of a masters degree, and systematizing the use of external assistantships, grants, and fellowships to pay for tuition. These changes would have several benefits, including cost savings for the Air Force, a richer educational experience for the individual, and higher completion rates.


Descriptors :   air force , military budgets , COST REDUCTIONS , officer personnel , united states air force academy , military education


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE