- Only about 50% of those accepted into doctoral programs finish.
- Exact statistics are difficult to find becuase many universities do not publish records related to students who withdraw from their programs.
- Women and minorities are more likely to withdraw from a doctoral program than men.
- The majority of those that withdraw do so at the dissertation stage, not at the course phase.
- Completion rates are higher in the sciences than in the humanities.
- It can take some students years to recover their confidence after making the decision to withdraw from doctoral studies.
- The literature points out that in the past the view was that attrition in higher level degrees was to be expected but now many universities are doing more to manage the relationships with students and keep them on track with their programs via different means.
And now for something completely different! For the Educational Technology course, I am going to pursue the topic of blended learning. Specifically, educational technology is transforming what can be done in the classroom and outside of it. My paper will contain a literature review to summarize the state of the field and document current best practices. I will give this more thought tonight and try to think of a research question to guide the paper.
What a beautiful, sunny evening and, bonus, it is almost Friday!