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ERIC Number: ED537781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-7
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Follow-up of Doctoral Students Supported by OSEP Funded Leadership Preparation Projects Initiated in Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001. SEFNA Brief
Smith, Deborah Deutsch; Robb, Susan Mortorff
Claremont Graduate University (NJ1)
Since 1959 the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has held annual competitions to award leadership (doctoral preparation) projects to universities to support doctoral students pursuing careers in special education or in a related service. OSEP's leadership preparation projects are four years in duration and offer a one- or two-year no-cost extension. Beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2000 projects, project directors have submitted annual reports to indicate each student's progress toward graduation. When a project is closed, a "Final Student Report" must be submitted to indicate the status (e.g., graduated, enrolled, transferred, dismissed, dropped out) of each student. However, due to intricacies in the reporting process, data about completion rates are often misleading and inaccurate. To help close this information gap, SEFNA conducted a follow-up study to provide policy makers with a more complete assessment. Findings reveal that the graduation rate of special education doctoral students supported through OSEP funded leadership (doctoral) preparation projects far exceeds those of students funded through other federal agencies' programs. OSEP funded students' overall graduation rate exceeds 70%, and will likely approach 90%. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Claremont Graduate University. School of Educational Studies, 150 East Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711. Tel: 909-621-8000; Fax: 909-621-8734; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate University