As the UF, DPM Program Director, I am interested in 1) continually raising our already high programmatic standards 2) soliciting additional premier applicants for the DPM Program 3) efforts to fund the majority of full-time DPM students on graduate assistantships and 4) increasing Plant Doctor educational enrollment. Our enthusiastic alumni and students prove the DPM Program’s success and future potential. Our graduation rates for the Plant Doctor profession do not meet our increasing employer needs. Each edition of DPM News highlights accomplishments of our outstanding alumni and faculty. Our UF DPM Faculty are PhD discipline-trained scientists who understand the value of the Plant Doctor Profession. Although expanded student enrollment and program offerings would benefit the Plant Doctor Profession, student enrollment limits should occur once graduation rates approach demand for employment opportunity. During 2013-2014, the UF DPM Program began intensively following the achievements of alumni. Statistics relating to our alumni will be periodically updated on our website and in DPM News… (Read More Here) .
Current or prospective doctoral students whose research interests cut across the designated doctoral concentrations may, in collaboration with a faculty committee, create an individualized program and set of requirements.
The habilitation teaching qualification ( facultas docendi or "faculty to teach") under a university procedure with a thesis and an exam is commonly regarded as belonging to this category in Germany , Austria , France , Liechtenstein , Switzerland , Poland , etc. The degree developed in Germany in the 19th century "when holding a doctorate seemed no longer sufficient to guarantee a proficient transfer of knowledge to the next generation."  The habilitation results in an award of a formal "Dr. habil." degree or the holder of the degree may add "habil." to his research doctorate such as "Dr. phil. habil." or "Dr. rer. nat. habil." In some European universities, especially in German -speaking countries, the degree is insufficient to have teaching duties without professor supervision (or to teach and supervise . students independently) without an additional instructor/teaching certificate/license, such as Privatdozent . In many countries of Central and Eastern Europe , the degree gives the venia legendi , Latin for "permission for lecturing," or the ius docendi , "right of teaching" a specific academic subject at universities for a lifetime. The French academic system used to have a higher doctorate, called "State doctorate" ( doctorat d'État ), but it was superseded by the habilitation ( Habilitation à diriger des recherches , "accreditation to supervise research", abbreviated HDR) in 1984.
Specific degree characteristics vary by country and institution. In 2011, the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education published an overview of degree characteristics for all doctoral level degrees.