The Institution Cares: Berkeley’s Efforts to Support Dissertation Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In the humanities and social sciences, the time to finish a doctoral degree, and especially the dissertation-writing stage of the doctoral degree, can be significantly influenced if students work in a collaborative environment; are not left alone in their struggle to progress with their disserations; interact with their advisors frequently; are given information about academic publishing; and have a financial support package that fits their particular program and research structure.

Nerad, M. & Sands Miller, D. (1997).  Rethinking the Dissertation Process: Tackling Personal and Institutional Obstacles in  Goodchild, L. Green, C.E., Katz, E., & Kluever, R. C., eds. The series New Directions in Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, no. 99, pp. 75-90.

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