Education: Search for Professors

Of all the jokes about the Ph.D., the least funny is that remarkably few Americans earn one. Debatable as the notion may be, a doctorate is considered the desirable qualification for college teaching. In the next decade, colleges will need at least 27,000 new teachers a year. But the present total Ph.D. output is 9,000 a year, and less than half become college teachers.

Nonetheless, the Ph.D. shortage is being tackled with burgeoning success by the Princeton-bred Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which aims to make professors out of able college students as...

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