ERIC Number: ED351732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The ABD Phenomenon: The "At Risk" Population in Higher Education and the Discipline of Communication.
Hanson, Trudy L.
Noting that an "at risk" population in American higher education is often overlooked, this paper investigates the ABD (all but dissertation) phenomenon, analyzing efficiency, educational excellence, and equity issues. The paper discusses barriers to completion of the dissertation, as well as inequities found in the education of female doctoral students as compared to male doctoral students. The paper's findings reveal that ABD status raises significant efficiency issues for institutions of higher education and poses potential problems for the communications discipline since the number of undergraduates is outstripping the number of students earning advanced degrees. The paper concludes with 10 recommendations to both individual students and to institutions for preventing a lengthy ABD status for Ph.D. candidates. (Contains 25 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: All But Dissertation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).