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Graduate Degrees of Higher Education Faculty in the Philippines: Status and Ways Forward

This policy brief provides an overview of the profile of higher education faculty in the Philippines in terms of highest educational attainment. Data shows a marked improvement in the number of faculty with graduate degrees, from 33% in 1998 to 53% in 2016, alongside significant investments in scholarship programs and various policy regulations instituted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Among all higher education faculty, the largest number of doctorate degree holders are in state universities and colleges (SUCs) at 39%, are in the field of education science and teacher training at 22%, and are in the National Capital Region. Policy recommendations for aggressive expansion and strategically targeted faculty development programs are discussed, including necessary reforms in graduate education.


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