In October 2008, the Graduate School held the second of four best practices seminars that are part of the Graduate School’s Initiative to Optimize Doctoral Completion. Four faculty members shared ideas about strategies and criteria that they have used in their admissions process to increase the likelihood that the students who are admitted will successfully complete their degrees.

Opening comments: Dr. Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School

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Student writing samples: Dr. Kristin Boudreau, English

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Holistic approach to understanding GRE scores with underrepresented students: Dr. Talmadge Guy, Adult Education

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Fit with program interests and research experiences: Dr. Billy Hammond, Psychology

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Student interviews/campus visits: Dr. Walter Schmidt, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

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