Help to the Finish Line: Ways to Reduce the Number of Ph.D. Dropouts

Published: 07 Dec 2011

post categories: Committees, Education, Mentorship, Ph.D. Completion, Research

source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Doctoral students in the United States are finishing their degrees faster than at any point since at least 1983. But that's not actually saying much. Their average time-to-degree is still a formidable 7.7 years—and that, of course, is for the students who manage to finish at all. By some estimates, more than 30 percent of the students who enter American doctoral programs walk away empty-handed.

A report that will be released Wednesday by the Council of Graduate Schools highlights some of what the council calls "promising practices" that might reduce attrition rates and average time-to-degree. The report draws on data from more than 20 universities that have taken part in the council's Ph.D. Completion Project, a seven-year study of doctoral-program attrition—especially the attrition of women and underrepresented minorities."

Read the full article at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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