Case Study: University of Georgia
    A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Doctoral Completion

    The Graduate School at the University of Georgia developed a comprehensive strategy for improving doctoral education and, in turn, completion rates, by approaching the problem in much the same way we approach our own research—in a data-based and systematic manner. This monograph describes the comprehensive and data-driven methods prompting action by both administration and doctoral programs at the University of Georgia (UGA). Individual chapters discuss the development of a conceptual model for approaching doctoral completion; the roles of a university’s administration in providing leadership and support; and strategies that graduate school administration and doctoral program faculty members can utilize in the areas of recruiting, admissions, advising, and in providing a supportive environment for doctoral students.

     

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    Preferred Citation: Maureen Grasso, Melissa Barry, and Thomas Valentine (2009). A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Doctoral Completion. Washington, DC: Council of Graduate Schools.

     

    Copyright: 2007 University of Georgia and Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.

     

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