The Path to the Ph.D.:

The Path to the Ph.D.:

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There is a growing concern among educators and policymakers about the level of attrition from Ph.D. programs in the sciences and humanities at some U.S. universities. Reliable estimates of graduate student attrition are difficult to obtain, however, because most information comes from the administrative records of individual institutions. This book provides a summary of datasets that could be used to analyze patterns of graduate student attrition and degree completion nationally, along with an analysis of recent studies on the subject. Based on this information, the committee examines the feasibility of designing a system to produce national estimates of graduate student attrition.A special emphasis of Baamp;B is on those entering public service areas, particularly teaching. ... Questions that Baamp;B can address about access to graduate or professional programs include timing, the application process, and entry into the program. ... and parents, providing a highly efficient and cost-effective way to identify a nationally representative sample of baccalaureate degree completers in PSE.

Title:The Path to the Ph.D.:
Author:Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, Ad Hoc Panel on Graduate Attrition Advisory Committee, Policy and Global Affairs, National Research Council, Board on Higher Education and Workforce
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1997-01-03


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