Strategic Intervention For Doctoral Completion

The University of Georgia, the University of Florida, and North Carolina State University are working together to examine the issue of doctoral completion and will develop a strategic, database intervention system to improve degree attainment. This intervention includes five separate studies based on four theoretical conditions for optimal doctoral completion.

Rationale

Excellent doctoral programs are the cornerstone of a major research university. In this project, the faculty and administrators of our three universities will work together to examine and, if necessary, improve doctoral study.

Principal Activities

  1. Conducting institutional research to identify meaningful measures of program performance for doctoral study.
  2. Refining existing graduate school data management systems to allow for the routine collection, analysis and dissemination of program performance measures.
  3. Working with individual programs to assess strengths and weaknesses with regard to the procedural, academic, and social factors that contribute to doctoral completion.
  4. Disseminating research-based information to faculty and students that will support program success and program improvement efforts.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools, with generous support from Pfizer Inc., and the Ford Foundation.