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PhD completion [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 05:19
Getting into a PhD program is one thing, completing it is another. Here is an interesting report by University of Maryland, published in June 2006.

The report gives broad stats on the likelihood of completing the PhD based on different characteristics of the PhD students.

It then suggests to the University how the grad school can improve the completion rate, e.g. thru 1) effective mentoring, 2) financial support, 3) grad student support, 4) programs, departments & colleges, and 5) grad school's role.

Although the purpose of the report is to help the University to increase the proportion of PhD students who complete the program, grad students applicants can make use of the suggestions listed in the report in choosing a school where they are likely to complete their PhD pursue. E.g. we choose a school that have sufficient financial and grad students support. Of course, some things can only be discovered after we getting into the program (e.g. effective mentoring). But overall, I think this paper is worth the read.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 05:41
Thank you... I think this paper is a good source to make insightful questions about a program during interviews. ;-)

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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 05:48
this is extremely interesting publication... I am surely going to forward it to one of my professors back at home - few years ago, we had long discussions on the role of the department in the success of research students.

thanks for the link.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 06:00
No problem... I should have shared this earlier. Sorry about that.

I have some other interesting articles - will find some time to upload them.
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