Your article regarding the demand that all communications professors hold doctoral degrees painfully illustrates the critical need for some real world thinking at our institutions of higher learning. As a Cal State Fullerton communications graduate (bachelor's degree in 1970, master's in 1977) and former Daily Titan editor, I was offended by the blind academic snobbery exhibited in this article, particularly by Jack Coleman, vice president for academic affairs.
This situation is particularly disillusioning, because I have been proud to watch my old department grow in size and national stature, emerging most recently as a school in its own right. If the price of passage to this new status is the creation of an academic caste system, then perhaps it is too high a cost.
As I have achieved success in my chosen profession, it has been a particular pleasure for me to hire a number of Cal State Fullerton communications graduates. In the interviews, I don't recall ever asking the question, "How many of your professors held the Ph.D?" The question would have been as irrelevant and out of touch as Dr. Coleman's policy.
For every entry-level employee I hire in the professional communications field, I interview at least a dozen candidates and turn away at least another 75 to 100 more. Those who come into the profession had best be prepared to hit the ground running.