ERIC Number: ED398843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Tracking Doctoral Recipients.
Unruh, David; And Others
Graduate Focus: Issues in Graduate Education at UCLA, n1 p1-4 Apr 1996
This article focuses on issues related to outcomes for doctoral degree recipients and the efforts of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to develop a coherent and consistent approach to employment tracking. Recent (1994-95) UCLA doctoral recipients (n=893) were surveyed concerning their initial employment placements. The article notes UCLA's effort to organize data on graduate students into a relational database and the university's cooperation with related national research efforts. The survey of exiting graduate students examined their immediate post-PhD status; the relationship of their position to their doctoral training; and the permanence of this position. Respondents' specializations were aggregated into the following fields of study: humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, education and information science, engineering, other campus professional schools, health science academic programs, and health science professional schools. Analysis of survey responses led to aggregating employment choices into four categories: (1) postdoctoral fellowship/study; (2) college or university faculty; (3) research positions; and (4) "other" employment. Findings revealed that employment outcomes for survey respondents were almost evenly divided among these four categories, that 86 percent of these doctoral recipients were entering employment related to their doctoral training, and 55 percent saw the placement as a career placement. (CK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles.