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Title:Explicating the graduate experience: Developing and testing integrated frameworks, assessing and developing methodologies, and engaging in applied work
Author(s):Kruepke, Michael David
Director of Research:Aber, Mark
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Aber, Mark
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Allen, Nicole; Hund, Anita; Sher, Tamara; Amos, Jennifer
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Graduate student, graduate school, higher education, mental health, mentor, advisor, psychology, engineering
Abstract:Research into the personal experiences of graduate students and how or whether these factors impact student success, while insightful, typically has numerous limitations including studying experiences in isolation as well as definitional and methodological issues. Here, we directly address these limitations while simultaneously leveraging data-driven insights to improve the graduate experience. Specifically, in collaboration with the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering (CoE) Graduate Program we: 1) developed and tested novel overarching frameworks explicating the graduate experience and graduate success by elucidating links between: degree progress and productivity, mental and physical health, advisor/mentor relationships, social support, and identity (i.e., international/domestic students and gender); 2) investigated and addressed definitional and methodological limitations found in prior studies on mentor-mentee and/or advisor-advisee relationships in graduate students; and 3) used our data and aims 1 and 2 to assist the CoE in more formally assessing graduate student concerns including anxiety, depression, and advisor-advisee relationships - and provided initial guidance regarding these areas.
Issue Date:2018-09-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Michael Kruepke
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08

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