ERIC Number: ED428040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-5
Creating "Good" Graduate Students: A Model for Success.
Hahs, Debbie L.
This study analyzed what graduate student assistants believed they needed to persevere and graduate. Most participants were graduate students serving assistantships at the University of Alabama in 1998. The Graduate Student Services Survey was mailed to 1,150 students, and 144 responded. The survey collected information on demographics, employment status, time spent on campus, involvement in the Graduate Student Association, interest in resources for graduate students, preferred form of communication, and interest in workshops, research expositions, and social activities. Data analysis indicated that most of the students were employed. Most did not feel a need for tutoring. About 30 percent desired to attend workshops on thesis and dissertation writing, computer training, writing a vita or resume, grant writing, and financial aid. About half of the students were interested in research expositions, conferences, and forums where their research could be presented. About 35 percent were interested in informational resources regarding financial aid, research and travel support funding, library resources, writing a thesis or dissertation, employment resources, and student insurance. The results suggest a great need for information and resources for the general population of graduate students. The paper proposes a model representing programs, services, and resources for graduate student retention, satisfaction, and completion. (Contains 48 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, 1998).