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ERIC Number: ED391403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 16
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The Structure of Good Beginnings: The Early Experiences of Graduate Students. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Boyle, Peg; Boice, Bob
This paper proposes a model for graduate student success and reports the results of a study of factors affecting the success of 40 first-year graduate students. Based on a review of the literature, a four-element model for graduate success was devised that focused on: (1) immersion in research activities; (2) academic regimen and planning; (3) social management; and (4) self-management. Based on interviews with 40 first-year graduate students from various departments in a research university, along with graduate directors and several advanced graduate students, the study found that departmental climate had a significant impact on the success of graduates students. It found that while most departments in the study sponsored one or two informal social events for incoming graduate students and faculty, the most successful department in the study sponsored 42, including a weekly dinner hosted by each faculty member. This department also helped foster interactions among the students, encouraged students to complete program requirements in a timely manner, and immersed students in research projects. Suggestions for helping departments improve the success rates of their graduate students are included. (Contains 28 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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