The Graduate School has been systematically working on two doctoral completion projects.

Strategic Intervention For Doctoral Completion

In August 2004 the Graduate Schools at the University of Georgia, University of Florida, and North Carolina State University began working on a 3-year collaborative project to improve doctoral completion. This project included several research projects, data analysis, conferences, and research briefs. The project was funded by the Council of Graduate Schools.

This project is no longer active, but many valuable resources can be accessed on this site.

UGA Initiative For Optimal Doctoral Completion

In January 2008 the Graduate School at the University of Georgia launched the Initiative for Optimal Doctoral Completion also funded by the Council of Graduate Schools as part of a continuation project. The intent of the Initiative is to implement our findings from our previous studies to all doctoral programs at UGA.

Initiative for Optimal Doctoral Completion

Dean Maureen Grasso

In January 2008 the UGA Graduate School launched the Initiative for Optimal Doctoral Completion. The Initiative represents an attempt to continuously improve doctoral completion at the UGA and to promote awareness of doctoral completion. Dean Grasso is working closely with the doctoral faculty and a research team to accomplish the Initiative’s goals.The initiative has three major goals:

  • To ensure that all graduate faculty members are well informed about trends and issues surrounding doctoral completion,
  • To provide faculty with the information they need to assess realistically their own program ’s success with respect to doctoral completion, and
  • To support individual programs in their efforts to improve doctoral completion.

In order to accomplish the above goals the Initiative will have four principal activities:

  • Conducting institutional research to identify meaningful measures of program performance     for doctoral study,
  • Refining existing graduate school data management systems to allow for the routine collection, analysis and dissemination of program performance measures,
  • Working with individual programs to assess strengths and weaknesses with regard to the procedural, academic, and social factors that contribute to doctoral completion, and
  • Disseminating research-based information to faculty and students that will support program success and program improvement efforts.
Strategic Intervention For Doctoral Completion

The University of Georgia, the University of Florida, and North Carolina State University are working together to examine the issue of doctoral completion and will develop a strategic, database intervention system to improve degree attainment. This intervention includes five separate studies based on four theoretical conditions for optimal doctoral completion.

Rationale

Excellent doctoral programs are the cornerstone of a major research university. In this project, the faculty and administrators of our three universities will work together to examine and, if necessary, improve doctoral study.

Principal Activities

  1. Conducting institutional research to identify meaningful measures of program performance for doctoral study.
  2. Refining existing graduate school data management systems to allow for the routine collection, analysis and dissemination of program performance measures.
  3. Working with individual programs to assess strengths and weaknesses with regard to the procedural, academic, and social factors that contribute to doctoral completion.
  4. Disseminating research-based information to faculty and students that will support program success and program improvement efforts

This project was made possible by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools, with generous support from Pfizer Inc., and the Ford Foundation.

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