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ERIC Number: ED388716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Factors in Time to the Doctorate.
Stricker, Lawrence J.
The aim of this study was to delineate departmental differences in the length of time that doctoral students take to receive their degrees and the institutional characteristics linked with it, being as comprehensive as possible in the institutional characteristics examined and disentangling the confounding effects of student characteristics. Variables describing graduate departments in three disciplines and their parent universities were obtained from 86 departments of Chemistry, 57 departments of English, and 62 departments of Psychology. In analyses of departments in each discipline, a relatively small set of institutional variables correlated with average time to the doctorate for each department, after controlling for characteristics of students in the department, and these relationships differed from discipline to discipline. The clearest and most extensive findings emerged for Psychology: the institutional variables identified primarily concerned faculty accessibility (student/faculty ratio and department size), with longer time required in departments with many students per faculty member or with many students. Student characteristics accounted for about half of the departmental variation in time in each discipline. An appendix contains four tables describing departmental characteristics. (Contains 6 tables, 17 figures, and 40 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.