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But for the past two decades, one university has out-produced Teachers College in doctorate production:
For most of the 1990s, Nova Southeastern granted about 250 education doctorates per year. But as Chart 1 shows, those numbers began to increase sharply in 2002. By 2005, Nova's degree production surged to almost 450 a year. Teachers College granted 150 education doctorates that year, virtually the same as it granted in 1998.
Two other relative unknowns also entered the competition for most prolific granter of education doctorates during the same period. Argosy University–Sarasota, another
Being the biggest, of course, doesn't necessarily make you the best. There is no objective way of measuring the quality of the scholars a university produces, and few schools of education follow their graduates back to the classroom to see if they're successful in helping students learn. So there's no way to know for sure if Nova, Argosy, and Capella are sacrificing quality for quantity.
But quality is likely a secondary consideration for many teachers pursuing advanced credentials. The salary schedules used by most public school districts provide additional compensation to teachers and administrators who earn master's degrees and doctorates. Few, if any, provide more money for a degree from a highly-rated university. Nor do they check to see if additional education translates into greater effectiveness in the classroom.
Universities therefore have incentive to provide as many education degrees as possible at low cost. Doing so was made substantially easier by the Internet, which reached the majority of American households at the same time that Nova, Argosy, and Capella began their rapid expansion. As long as these incentives remain, the trends shown on the chart above are likely to continue.