ERIC Number: ED317152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Garden State Graduate Fellowship Program: A Survey of Current and Former Fellows, 1978-1988.
Berkner, Lutz K.; Lee, Cindy
Current and former fellows of the Garden State Graduate Fellowship Program were surveyed to evaluate the outcome of the program in general and to compare sources of financial support among different fields. Of the 317 current and former fellows, 189, or 60%, responded to the survey. The survey instrument gathered data on completion of degrees, fields of study, demographic characteristics, gender, sources of financial support (with special emphasis on student loans), and employment status. The report concludes that the fellowship program had made it possible for approximately 100 graduate students to complete Ph.D. degrees (in an average of 5 years) and a somewhat larger number to earn Master's degrees. The program kept graduate student loan borrowing at a much lower level than undergraduate borrowing. Seventy percent of respondents considered the fellowship to have been very important in the decision to choose a New Jersey graduate school. Only half of those who earned a Ph.D. were employed in New Jersey or the immediate region, compared to 80% of those who did not complete a Ph.D. A copy of the survey form and detailed tabulations of the results are found in the Appendix. (JDD)
Descriptors: Employment, Fellowships, Financial Needs, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
New Jersey State Department of Higher Education, Office of Student Assistance, CN 540, Trenton, NJ 08625.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton. Office of Student Assistance.; New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton. Office of Grants and Scholarships.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey