Recruiting and Retaining Doctoral Students

John Bernthal , Ph.D.
University of Nebraska
 Maurice Mendel, Ph.D.
The University of Memphis

Introduction

Table 1.  Doctoral degrees in audiology and speech-language pathology
Year Audiology Speech-
Language 
Pathology
1981/82 37 116
1983/84 21 68
1985/86 28 72
1987/88 41 74
1989/90 45 83
1991/92 26 69
1993/94 36 65
1995/96 28 66
1997/98 14 64

 
Table 2.  Annual Growth or Decline in Doctorates
Year Percent
1957 2
1958 3
1959 5
1960 6
1961 8
1962 11
1963 11.5
1964 13
1965 14
1966 9.5
1967 13
1968 12
1969 11.5
1970 14
1971 8
1972 4
1973 3
1974 -2
1975 -0.5
1976 0
1977 -4
1978 -3
1979 2
1980 -0.5
1981 2
1982 -0.5
1983 0.5
1984 0.25
1985 0
1986 3
1987 2
1988 4
1989 3
1990 5
1991 4.5
1992 4
1993 3
19945 3.5
1996 2.5
1996 2
1997 1
Recruiting issues
    -  Tell students that academic life provides incredible opportunities
  to do interesting things, contribute in useful ways, and hang out
  with interesting people.

  -  Have faculty quit whining about their jobs.

  -  Need to stress positive benefits arising from careers in academia to
  currently enrolled students

Retention issues   ABD issues

   -  Article in March 24, 2000 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education,
   titled  ďA new push for ABDís to cross the finish line."

   -  Suggested activities include:
    Boot camp
    Personnel trainer
    Self-help books
    On-line help

References:

Leatherman, C. (2000, March).  A. new push for ABDís to cross the finish line.  The Chronicle of  Higher  Education,  March 24, 2000, A18-A20.

Petrosino, L., Lieberman, R. J.,  McNeil, M.R.,  &  Shinn, R. E.   (1999).  1998-99 Survey of  undergraduate and graduate programs conducted by the Information Exchange Program.  Minneapolis, MN: Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Summary Report 1997, Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities, published by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  (www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/sengdr/summ97/summ97.pdf)