ERIC Number: ED382148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Doctoral Students at the University of Manitoba: Factors Affecting Completion Rates and Time to Degree by Gender and by Field of Study.
Lussier, Thelma G.
The completion rate and median time to degree of three doctoral cohorts at the University of Manitoba were analyzed by gender and by field of study and the results were compared to studies elsewhere. To evaluate factors affecting students' progress, a mail questionnaire was sent in the fall of 1993 to all students (N=105) first admitted to the doctoral program in the 1984-85 academic year which included those who had graduated, withdrawn, or who were still enrolled. Completion rates and time to degree were generally more favorable at the University of Manitoba, revealed less disparity between women and men, and displayed different patterns by field of study, compared to those reported at other universities in Canada. Results of the survey suggest that the progress of students is affected by the financial and emotional support they receive, the various components of the advisory relationship, and the departmental "climate." Women experienced almost every aspect of the doctoral program differently, and with different intensity, leading to the conclusion that similar studies must take gender into account. Factors which most affected women were interpersonal ones whereas men's concerns were primarily academic. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Manitoba (Canada)
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Manitoba, Canada.