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