Students’ Perceptions of Dissertation Preparedness: A Mixed Methods Case Study

According to Ames, Berman & Casteel (2016), universities have a 40 to 70 percent attrition rate among doctoral students. The College of Doctoral Studies (CDS) has an attrition rate of 50%. Though the SEOCS are collected from students after each class, a comprehensive analysis is necessary to discover if the students' experiences in dissertation-related courses have a relationship to how long it takes to complete the dissertation process

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. Many doctoral students drop out during the dissertation process. Academic, environmental, and social-psychological factors likely contribute to their decision. Lee, Chang, and Bryan (2020) posited that the quality of the Student-Faculty Relationship is the strongest predictor of Student Learning Success. A correlational study is proposed to discover if the students' experiences within the dissertation-related course relate to the time it took to complete their dissertation. Responses to the Student End of Course Survey (SEOCS)collected between December 2017 and August 2019 will be analyzed along with the time it took for the student to complete the dissertation process. The results of this study will benefit the university faculty and doctoral students by demonstrating what areas relate to dissertation timely completion and may help drive institutional change to improve the students' success.