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CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR DATA COLLECTION. Wendy Y. Carter, Robert Williams, Renetta G. Tull, Janet C. Rutledge University of Maryland Baltimore County. Commonalities in the Annual CGS & AGEP Data Requests. PhD Completion New Fall PhD Students All PhD Student Enrollees

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challenges opportunities for data collection

CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR DATA COLLECTION

Wendy Y. Carter, Robert Williams, Renetta G. Tull, Janet C. Rutledge

University of Maryland Baltimore County

commonalities in the annual cgs agep data requests
Commonalities in the Annual CGS & AGEP Data Requests

PhD Completion

  • New Fall PhD Students
  • All PhD Student Enrollees
  • Number of PhD Recipients
  • PhD Candidates
differences in annual cgs agep data requests
Differences in Annual CGS & AGEP Data Requests

CGS ATTRITION

AGEP PhD & MASTERS

Number of students from each cohort who left:

  • With /wo a Masters Degree
  • After achieving Candidacy
  • Transferred out
  • Stopped out
  • Continuing
  • Status unknown
  • Fall Applications
  • Fall Admits
  • New Fall Graduate Enrollees
  • New Fall Masters Enrollees
  • No. of ALL Graduate Student Enrollees
  • No. of ALL Masters Enrollees
  • No. of Masters Degree Recipients
  • PhD Recipient Plans
workload challenges cgs agep
Workload Challenges CGS & AGEP
  • Entering data into multiple worksheets increases human error & requires many work hours.
  • Even with broad categories; Race, Gender, Citizenship, Year-- potential violation of confidentiality issues exist.
  • Difficulty in recycling the data for internal purposes.
  • When there is personnel turnover recreation of the data is difficult.
  • With new system migration to People Soft requires a recreation of the process of data mining again.
  • Low response rates for exit surveys.
solutions for cgs phd exit survey low response rate
Solutions for CGS PhD Exit Survey Low Response Rate
  • Tie to graduation process & Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).
  • Send out timely reminders.
  • Mail out with SED.
  • Encourage students to fill out both surveys online.
  • Put the link to survey on Graduate School’s website in the list of requirements for graduation.
solutions for cgs phd exit survey for non completers
Solutions for CGS PhD Exit Survey for Non-Completers
  • Make department staff aware of the survey and the withdrawal form.
  • Encourage students to fill out a withdrawal form.
  • If they fill out the withdrawal form, conduct a short phone interview and ask if they would be willing to fill out the PhD Exit Survey.
  • For students who are dismissed the challenge still remains.
opportunities lessons learned value added
Opportunities: Lessons Learned & Value Added
  • Moved from using Frozen data (snapshot) to Live data.
  • Improved our data quality & our data collection.
  • Graduate departments became better stewards of their data.
  • Provides checks & balances of current 3 stand alone
    • SIS
    • Progression Graduation databases
    • Graduate Assistants
  • Departments are kept informed about their Completion Rates, Attrition Rates, & Graduation Rates.
  • Helped us in planning for the conversion to PeopleSoft.
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