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dc.contributor.authorGEVEN, Koen 
dc.contributor.authorSKOPEK, Jan 
dc.contributor.authorTRIVENTI, Moris 
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-19T09:52:19Z
dc.date.available2018-02-19T09:52:19Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationResearch in higher education, 2018, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp. 529–552en
dc.identifier.issn0361-0365
dc.identifier.issn1573-188X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/51665
dc.descriptionPublished online: 11 October 2017en
dc.description.abstractGraduate and doctoral schools around the world struggle to shorten the long time to degree and to prevent high dropout rates. While most of previous research studied individual determinants of PhD completion, we analyze the impact of two structural reforms of the doctoral program on thesis completion at a selective European graduate school. Exploiting a unique PhD dataset covering 30 entry cohorts, we identify reform effects on PhD outcomes using an interrupted time-series regression design. We find that the first reform improved timely completion rates by between 10 and 15 percentage points (according to the specific outcome), whereas the second reform increased completion rates by between 9 and 20 percentage points. Additionally, each reform reduced dropout rates by 7 percentage points. The results are robust to various sensitivity checks. At the end, we discuss lessons learned for those in charge of graduate schools and/or PhD programs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofResearch in higher educationen
dc.relation.isreplacedbyhttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/51586
dc.titleHow to increase PhD completion rates? : an impact evaluation of two reforms in a selective graduate school, 1976–2012en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11162-017-9481-z
dc.identifier.volume59en
dc.identifier.startpage529en
dc.identifier.endpage552en
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dc.identifier.issue5en


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