ERIC Number: EJ788085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Program Design and Student Outcomes in Graduate Education
Groen, Jeffrey A.; Jakubson, George H.; Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Condie, Scott; Liu, Albert Y.
Economics of Education Review, v27 n2 p111-124 Apr 2008
Doctoral programs in the humanities and related social sciences are characterized by high attrition and long times to degree. In 1991 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched the Graduate Education Initiative (GEI) to improve the quality of graduate programs and in turn reduce attrition and shorten time-to-degree. Over a 10-year period, the Foundation provided approximately $58 million to 54 departments at 10 major research universities. We estimate the impact of the GEI on attrition rates and time-to-degree using competing-risk duration models and student-level data. The data span the start of the GEI and include information for students at a set of control departments. We estimate that the GEI had modest impacts on student outcomes in the expected directions: reducing attrition rates, reducing time-to-degree, and increasing completion rates. The impacts of the GEI appear to have been driven in part by reductions in entering cohort size, increases in financial support, and increases in student quality.
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Program Design, Research Universities, Outcomes of Education, Social Sciences, Doctoral Programs, Program Effectiveness, Humanities, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Student Attrition, Academic Persistence, Time to Degree, Models, Graduation Rate
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