Council of Graduate Schools - Ph.D. Completion Project  
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Marquette University

Principal Investigator
William Wiener
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
(414) 288-5322

Participating Programs (15)
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Educational Policy and Leadership
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Religious Studies

The Ph.D. Completion Project is consistent with Marquette University’s mission and it is in line with strategic planning initiatives for strengthening graduate programs and increasing research and scholarship. Marquette is committed to fostering the growth of an inclusive and culturally diverse campus community that is the conduit for realizing a transformative educational experience for all students. Based upon studies and data, doctoral students at Marquette University could substantially benefit from a series of interventions that will foster a sense of connection, autonomy, and cohesiveness and result in less attrition and shorter time to degree. The interventions will be encompassed under the following three areas: 1) improving the advising process; 2) helping students establish self-discipline and structure; and 3) developing a network of support.


Improving the Advising Process
    • Student workshop on selecting a dissertation advisor, configuring a
      committee, and related topics.
    • Advisor workshops to impart advising strategies to new advisors
      and allow seasoned faculty to collaborate with junior colleagues.
    • Communication workshop for students to help them get the most
      out of the dissertation advising process.

Helping Students Establish Self-Discipline and Structure
    • Student workshop on practical strategies for writing the dissertation.
    • Graduate Writing Consultants (GWC) program - Trains graduate
      assistants to help students in their discipline improve their writing
    • Dissertation Boot Camp - Provides students with a week-long
      residential immersion experience to assist their progress through
      writing the dissertation.

Developing a Network for Support
    • Marquette Doctoral Student Connection – A facilitated blogging
      system that enables communication and forms a network between
      doctoral students.
    • Quality Circle Reviews – Group of four dissertation students
      external and internal to the candidate’s field who meet with the
      candidate to review and strengthen the candidate’s dissertation
    • Monthly Support Group for Minority Students.

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