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STRATEGIC INTERVENTION FOR DOCTORAL COMPLETION. Maureen Grasso Dean of the Graduate School The University of Georgia. Project Overview. Partnership - UGA, NC State, and University of Florida UGA- will lead the research component NC State and Florida - site coordinators. Project Overview.

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Strategic intervention for doctoral completion

STRATEGIC INTERVENTION FOR DOCTORAL COMPLETION

Maureen Grasso

Dean of the Graduate School

The University of Georgia


Project overview

Project Overview

  • Partnership - UGA, NC State, and University of Florida

  • UGA- will lead the research component

  • NC State and Florida - site coordinators


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Project Overview

  • STEM and humanities departments

  • 12 departments at each university


Four conditions for optimal doctoral completion

Four Conditions for Optimal Doctoral Completion

  • Condition #1: The right people apply for doctoral study

  • Condition #2: The right applicants are admitted as doctoral students


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Four Conditions for Optimal Doctoral Completion

  • Condition #3: Students and faculty form productive working relationships

  • Condition #4: Students experience social support from fellow students


Project goals

Project Goals

  • Goal #1. Improve information for prospective students

  • Goal #2. Analyze admission practices; advise and assist the departments in making needed improvements.


Project goals1

Project Goals

  • Goal #3. Analyze department-level orientation and advisor-matching procedures; advise and assist in making needed improvements.


Project goals2

Project Goals

  • Goal #4. Provide faculty with information about and the opportunity to discuss the topics that influence degree completion

  • Goal #5. Provide students with information about and the opportunity to discuss important topics in doctoral education


Project goals3

Project Goals

  • Goal #6. Establish an online, problem-centered forum to foster peer support among doctoral candidates in the selected department.

  • Goal #7. Assess the impact of the interventions


Research component

Research Component

  • Research Activity #1: Data-Mining and Benchmarking

    • Establish norms within and among the three universities

  • Research Activity #2: Program Practices Information


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Research Component

  • Research Activity #3: Study of Faculty Perceptions

  • Research Activity #4: Student Cohort Study


Research component2

Research Component

  • Research Activity #5: Establishment of Exit Questionnaire

  • Research Activity #6: Evaluating the Interventions

    • Future action conference


Benefits of the study

Benefits of the Study

  • Suggested actions to improve doctoral completion based on both normative and descriptive data

  • The intention of graduate deans at the participating institutions to subsequently expand our efforts

  • A series of six web-based research briefs


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