Category Archive for: ‘CIRGE Publication’

Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Survey Methods


This working paper documents the methods used in the study, Social Science PhDs— Five+ Years Out. It describes the survey purpose and administration, sampling methods, and types of data collected. It details items that were collected irregularly.  Finally, it provides information helpful for evaluating the generalizability of results. Picciano, J., Rudd, E., Morrison, E., & Nerad, M. (2007). Social Science PhDs—Five+ …

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Astrobiology IGERT Student Survey Report

The surveys were designed as components of the multi-year evaluation of the University of Washington Astrobiology (AB) IGERT conducted by CIRGE in accordance with the National Science Foundation grant requirements. The results are intended to provide anonymous student feedback to the program faculty and to increase understandings of interdisciplinary graduate programs and student experiences of those programs. Students had mostly …

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Astrobiology Student Focus Group Report

Two focus groups were held with Astrobiology graduate students in order to gain feedback on components of the AB program, including coursework, research rotations, international collaborations, interdisciplinarity, teamwork, interactions with faculty; and student recommendations for the AB program. In general, students offered positive feedback about the structure of the Astrobiology Program. They especially like the workshops, the seminar series and …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: A National Survey of PhDs in Six Fields—Highlights Report

To assess the career path of social science PhDs and the quality of doctoral programs, the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) at the University of Washington, Seattle surveyed recent PhDs, asking them about the application of their education in their subsequent careers. This report concludes that students in social science PhD programs are well prepared for …

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Using an Alignment Model as a Framework in the Assessment of Doctoral Programs

To assist in addressing current issues in doctoral education, this chapter presents a particular framework for successful doctoral programs and discusses implications of that framework for program assessment.  This alignment model suggests that successful doctoral programs involve a process of aligning program activities, students and faculty/staff in their specific contexts in order to achieve desired outcomes of helping students complete …

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Paths and Perception: Assessing Doctoral Education Using Career Path Analysis

Uses the results from the PhDs – Ten Years Later survey in two disciplines, English and mathematics, to demonstrate the assessment value of understanding student career paths and student evaluations of doctoral programs in light of their career paths. Aanerud, R., Homer, L., Neard, M., & Cerny, J. (2006). Paths and Perceptions: Assessing Doctoral Education using Career Path Analysis.” In …

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Globalization and Its Impact on Research Education

Observations on the impact of globalization on research training and promising practices for the doctorate of the future: 1) Globalization has not only brought a number of common trends to doctoral education worldwide but also has had differing effects on differing regions and on the more and more diverse doctoral student population worldwide. 2) Due to globalization, doctoral education is …

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Feasibility of International Comparisons of PhD Program Time-to-Degree and Completion Rates

In attempting to compare doctoral times-to-completion and completion rates for institutions in different countries, it was found that issues of definitions and data availability are major stumbling blocks. National and institutional contexts also complicate matters. Because of these complications, comparisons are difficult to make, but it might be possible to account for these confounding issues to gain some insights from …

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Evaluative Framework for International Collaboration

 The evaluation research reported here had two central aims: To provide formative evaluation of two cases of international collaborations between U.S. and German doctoral programs and to use this experience to develop a framework for evaluation of international  collaboration in doctoral-level science education that allows us to assess the benefits of such international collaborations to students, faculty and graduate programs. In the …

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From Gradute Student to World Citizen in a Global Environment

Universities play a significant role in the production of new knowledge and training of future leaders. This applies particularly to doctoral education. Several countries have introduced innovative structures for training doctoral students which share many characteristics including international components and collaborations. Nerad, M. (2005). From Graduate Student to World Citizen in a Global Environment, International Higher Education, 40, pp. 8-9. …

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