Presentation on theme: "A New Context Supporting Ph.D. Completion: A Longitudinal Study of 20 Doctoral Programs A New Context Supporting Ph.D. Completion: A Longitudinal Study."— Presentation transcript:
A New Context Supporting Ph.D. Completion: A Longitudinal Study of 20 Doctoral Programs A New Context Supporting Ph.D. Completion: A Longitudinal Study of 20 Doctoral Programs Howard E. Jackson University of Cincinnati Council of Graduate Schools December 10, 2004
Acknowledgements: Robert Frank Associate Dean Eleanor Buczala Senior Assistant Dean
Comments for CGS … We are data driven… Some simple data Some simple data re-examined Some simple data not in place Some more complex data we wish
Some Simple Data University of Cincinnati Ph.D. completion data for entering cohorts 1992-1997 (as of 9/04) English …………… 69.2% College of Medicine (8 departments) … 66.8% Psychology............. 64.3% Criminal Justice.... 62.3% College of Engineering (9 programs)....... 57.7%
Astonishing: 32 students completed in 3 years! Implies Terrifically talented engineering students Or a difficulty – a definitional difficulty – with the data
Simple Data Reexamined: COE Does one count from year of entry into the University? Does one count from time of Masters degree completion? University database does not have a field for when a student is admitted to candidacy(!)
More Complex Data Longitudinal Data Change over time can be observed Quantitative data Qualitative data Data collection by a neutral third party: Institute for Policy Research
More Complex Data Longitudinal Data - Quantitative Student demographics, admissions, academic data, et al. Survey data from students on attitudes, expectations goals, … Information on student progress from graduate program directors and major professors.
More Complex Data Longitudinal Data - Qualitative Taped in-depth individual interviews with 50 entering students Interviewed by specially trained Graduate Research Assistants Graduate Program Directors will be interviewed by IPR staff Data will be analyzed using qualitative methods
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