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ERIC Number: EJ802468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-9517
Graduate Students' Perceptions of Outstanding Graduate Advisor Characteristics
Bloom, Jennifer L.; Cuevas, Amanda E. Propst; Hall, James Warren; Evans, Christopher V.
NACADA Journal, v27 n2 p28-35 Fall 2007
The advising literature confirms the graduate student-graduate advisor relationship as the most important factor in graduate student success. To better understand the characteristics of graduate advisors that students find most helpful, we conducted a grounded theory study with a constructivist design that involved a qualitative textual analysis of Outstanding Graduate Advisor of the Year Award nominations from MD-PhD students enrolled in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Five major themes emerged from this analysis, and the results indicate that students perceive the following graduate-advisor characteristics to be most helpful: demonstrated care for students, accessibility, role models in professional and personal matters, individually tailored guidance, and proactive integration of students into the profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois