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