Summary Benchmarks

The Strategic Intervention for Doctoral Completion research team examined Summary Benchmarks for both 10 year (Summer 1992–Spring 1995) and 3 year (Summer 1992 to Spring 2002) time periods. Due to the 2002 cutoff and the length of time it takes to complete the Ph.D., it is possible a student entering doctoral studies after 1995 may still be enrolled and may still be eligible for degree completion. This possibility may influence the benchmarks for the 10 year Summary Benchmarks. Consequently, the Summary Benchmarks of the 3 year time frame (Summer 1992 to Spring 1995) may be a more accurate representation of a program’s completion rates.

  • Percent Completion 10 year
    Number of graduates divided by the total of those who have finished the program, either by graduating or leaving. Students were considered to have left the program if they were not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, not including summer.
  • Percent Completion 3 year
    Number of graduates divided by the total of those who have finished the program, either by graduating or leaving. This statistic only included students enrolled between Summer of 1992 and Spring of 1995. Students were considered to have left the program if they were not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, not including summer.
  • Time to Degree 10 year
    Median semesters to degree completion for all those who earned the doctorate.
  • Time to Degree 3 year
    Median semesters to degree completion for all those who earned the doctorate. Includes students enrolling between Summer of 1992 and Spring of 1995.

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