ERIC Number: ED306818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Quality of Graduate Education at Arizona's Universities.
In an effort to determine what doctoral graduates of Arizona's three universities thought about the strengths, weaknesses, and overall quality of their specialized graduate programs, a 35-item questionnaire was prepared and sent to 1976 and 1986 doctoral graduates. Information on this study is presented as one of the working papers in the final report of the Arizona Board of Regents' Task Force on Excellence, Efficiency and Competitiveness. Most questions were keyed to the respondent's experience with the graduate program. A few questions concerned the student's ability to compete professionally after graduation. One question asked for pre-program perceptions. The most important conclusions to be drawn from the survey are the extremely strong approval of the quality and relevance of graduate programs at the Arizona universities. Arizona graduates rated their supervising professors very highly. Graduate college staff were generally perceived as helpful. The following topics are among several discussed: institutional efforts, actions, and procedures; recruitment efforts; graduate college matching research assistant program; tuition and fee scholarships; employment of advanced degree recipients; program assessment and quality control; and incentives related to quality. Some of the nine conclusions and recommendations are: periodic surveys of advanced degree recipients can convey important information to the graduate colleges; graduate college staff were generally perceived as helpful in all three institutions; each institution has taken steps to increase minority participation in graduate programs; and efforts to recruit superior graduate students should not slacken. Contains 2 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Competition, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Excellence in Education, Financial Support, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Incentives, Institutional Role, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Public Colleges, Quality Control, Relevance (Education), Research, State Surveys, State Universities, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Board of Regents, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona