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Wednesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
PSD.38 – A PhD Strategy and Survival Guide: You Threw Out Your Thesis Idea, Now What?

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According to Cassuto (2013) the attrition rate for doctoral students is fifty percent. This presentation uses a narrative perspective to inform faculty members, educational developers, and program directors about a transformational doctoral journey. This transformative journey was documented in order to assist administration with program development of doctoral students in their educational journeys. Topics of discussion will include adopted strategies and challenges that may be faced by many doctoral students that impact their success and degree completion. The issues of learning communities, committees, a pro-seminar course, and the doctoral thesis will be highlighted in this session. A pro-seminar course introduced students to doctoral work and academic life. Students were encouraged to organize study groups outside of the class structure. The intent was to encourage peer support for students to continue class discussions, share resources, teaching experience, conference proposals, publishing opportunities, or information about academic jobs. One of the biggest challenges that provide tremendous personal growth is changing the focus of the doctoral thesis. Information and discussion in this session will inform participants about student’s experiences, recent strategies adopted to ensure success, program challenges, and opportunities for professional growth. This information will contribute to a better understanding of the needs and guidance that doctoral students may require to increase the success rate in completing their degrees.


Wednesday June 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
A236 McArthur Hall

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