Double degrees: Double benefits or double counting?


The current issue of International Higher Education Quarterly, published by the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, includes a piece by Jane Knight, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, on the ins and outs of joint-, double-, and combined-degree programs. Dr. Knight raises a number of important questions about these types of programs:

For many academics and policymakers, double- and joint degree programs are welcomed as a natural extension of exchange and mobility. For others, they are perceived as a troublesome development leading to double counting of academic work and the thin edge of academic fraud. A broad range of reactions exist because of the diversity of these program models, the involvement of different types of institutions, the uncertainty related to quality assurance and qualifications, and the ethics used in designing the academic workload or new competencies required for the granting of a joint, double, multiple, or combined degree.

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Double degrees: Double benefits or double counting?

  1. I got an honors degree in translation (4 year) and a General arts degree. I only basically didn’t have to take any more than the 30 courses which were required for the Translation degree in order to get both, I just had to plan my electives for Translation to cover the compulsories for general arts and BAM! two degrees. No extra money, no extra time, no extra courses. Thanks uOttawa!

    I assume the same can be applied to programs that are actually useful.

  2. So where can I read the full article?

  3. It doesn’t appear to be posted on the CIHE site yet. Email me and I will send a copy to you.

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