Despite continued growth in enrollments, graduate program attrition rates are of great concern to academic program coordinators. It is estimated that only 40 to 50 percent of students who begin Ph.D. programs complete their degrees. This book describes programs, initiatives, and interventions that lead to overall student retention and success.Written for graduate school administrators, student affairs professionals, and faculty, this book offers ways to better support today’s graduate student population, addresses the needs of today’s changing student demography and considers the challenges today’s graduate students face inside and outside of the classroom. The opening section highlights the shifting demographics and contextual factors shaping graduate education over the past 20 years, while the second describes institutional practices to develop the requisite academic and professional development necessary to succeed in master’s and doctoral programs. In conclusion, the editors curate a conversation about different ways institutions can support graduate students beyond the classroom.
Foreword—Ann E. Austin Introduction—David J. Nguyen and Christina W. Yao Part One. Navigating Contexts and Identities 1. Trends in Graduate Education Participation Between 1998 and 2018 —David J. Nguyen 2. Moving Towards Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Support for Online Students —Christina W. Yao and Crystal Garcia 3. Mentoring Domestic and International Graduate Students of Color — Francena Turner, HyeJin (Tina. Yeo, and Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher 4. First Generation Graduate Students. Reducing Barriers with Support Mechanisms — Sonja Ardoin and Maria Erb 5. How Unique Ways of Knowing, Being, and Learning Contribute to Persistence Factors Among Underrepresented Graduate Students — Colin Ben and Jessica Solyom 6. Unveiling the Hidden Curriculum within Graduate Education — Chelsea Lyles, Natali Huggins, and Claire Robbins Part Two. Addressing Academic and Professional Skill Development 7. Teaching Professional Development for Graduate Students — Lucas B. Hill 8. Fostering Unique Scholarly Voices. Developing Graduate Student Writing Skills — OiYan Poon, Josefina Carmona, Carmen Rivera, and Kim Nehls 9. Participating in Professional Associations — Kim Nehls 10. Engaging in International Opportunities —Meggan Madden and Jennifer Donaghue Part Three. Supporting Graduate Students Beyond the Classroom 11. Considering Graduate Student Mental Health —Carmen M. McCallum, Sarah Kurz, Emily Boerman, and Allison Boone 12. Exploring the Role of Graduate Student Career Development in Higher Education. How Resources Evolved —Jake Livengood 13. Graduate Student Financial Considerations —Phillip Schumann, Salome Aluso, and David J. Nguyen 14. Engagement in Graduate Students Organizations and Programming —Matthew M. Couch and Kerry Hodak 15. Doing it All But Not All the Time. Shaping Work-Life Balance for Graduate Students —A. Emiko Blalock, Katy B. Mathuews, and Nichole Lor Conclusion. New Directions for Supporting Graduate Students Editor and Author Biographies Index
“This book is timely and important because the experiences and education of today’s graduate students relate directly to the future of our country and the broader world—to the innovation, insight, creativity, health, collaborative skill, and imagination that graduates bring to the work that they will do for many decades, in education and across a wide range of other sectors."
Ann E. Austin
From the Foreword