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1 1 Quality of research degree education at CityU: An outcome-based study Sik Hung Ng & Joseph Wu Department of Applied Social Studies, CityU Michael Platow Department of Psychology, ANU

2 2 Objective To evaluate the quality of PhD/MPhil education at CityU Deliverables (1)A report on levels of achieved education outcomes and how the outcomes might have been affected by contributing factors (2)Two seminars for faculty and research degree students, respectively (3)A research paper for conference presentation and publication Institutional alignment SGS, EDGE, IAG, QAC

3 3 Outcomes of PhD/MPhil education/training (1)Disciplinary knowledge/productivity: duration of study, publications (2) Employability: time between thesis submission and employment, salary (3) Graduate attributes (generic qualities that are largely discipline-independent): critical/analytical thinking, problem-solving, communication, leadership, team-work

4 4 Graduate attributes, though elusive, are important: “If universities do not promote the development of these attributes, they need only to (indeed, ought only to) provide vocational education rather than traditional liberal arts or theory- based degrees.” Platow, M. (in press). PhD experience and subsequent outcomes: A look at self-perceptions of acquired graduate attributers and supervisor support. Studies in Higher Education.

5 5 Factors contributing to outcomes: students’ academic background, English proficiency, gender, full-time/part-time study, local vs. nonlocal status, tuition scholarship, perceived supervisor support, integration with host department, conference attendance

6 6 Data Primary data sets: Exit surveys of research degree students (1 st wave: ; 2 nd wave: ) Others: records in information systems such as Banner and RIMS (Research Student Information Management System) Research time table Overall: 1 December, 2010 to 31 May, Two seminars for faculty and research degree students, respectively, in late January (to be announced)

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