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Howard University(Featured Profile)

Principal Investigator
Orlando L. Taylor
Dean, Graduate School
Tel (202) 806-6800

Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director
Chontrese M. Doswell
Assistant Dean for Retention, Mentoring, and Support Programs
Tel (202)-806-6800

Participating Programs (8)
Communication and Culture
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Electrical Engineering

In addition to the interventions summarized below, Howard proposes to develop a web-based resource on institutional project results and enhance web-based information for graduate students. In addition, Howard will host forums featuring noted attrition scholars and convene our faculty and graduate students to a Doctoral Completion Summit designed to discuss the problems associated with attrition and explore possible solutions.

Proposed Interventions

  • Post completion data on Graduate School Web site and provide at pre-admission campus visits
  • Use completion findings in recruitment activities
  • Provide mini-grants to departments to improve departmental faculty mentoring
  • Use graduate student completion and attrition data (but not time-to-degree data) in the determination of monetary allocations to departments
  • Catalog research opportunities and facilitate matching students with research programs appropriate to their interests
  • Provide requirements to students in written form (hard copy or electronic)
  • All entering doctoral students will meet with an advisor within the student’s first semester in residence to discuss
  • Provide informal gatherings of faculty & graduate students at nearby off-campus site


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