PhD CTL Results
The most recent PhD AoL cycle was completed in the Fall of 2019. Data was collected for this cycle was collected over a period of several semesters ending in the Fall of 2018. The PhD CTL committee met during the Fall semester of 2018 and published the following summary results:
Most Current Report (2019):
- Committee Members:
- Dan Sherrell (Chair)
- Tom McInish (FIR)
- Joon Lee (ECON)
- Ted Lee (BIT)
- Kristen Jones (MGMT)
- Chuck Pierce (ex officio, Dean's Office
- Ashley Connolly (Graduate Programs Administration)
- Sandy Schaeffer (Assessment Coordinator, Dean's Office)
Summary of Findings:
Overall, the assessed PhD students showed good or exemplary competence across the
of the degree's learning outcomes. However, in the general area of journal publications and
conference presentations a number of students fell in the "fair" (score-=1) category and
merited attention. This was the most significant finding (See: Goals 1, 2 & 3) where 27% of the
students were not successful in publishing a paper and 9% were not successful in presenting at
an academic conference. The committee focused its attention on addressing those two
shortfalls. [See Appendix A for a full detailed review of the assessment outcomes for each
Program Learning Goals (PLG) by Measured Learning Outcome (MLO) in the PhD program.]
Recommendations for Improvement:
- PhD faculty should increase the frequency of "dry run" presentations by all PhD candidates.
- Develop a more structured rubric for assessing student presentations to provide more constructive feedback for improvement.
- Increase financial support for PhD students to attend academic conferences.
Recommendations & Actions:
Recommendation: Increase frequency of "dry run" presentations by all PhD candidates:
- Action 1: All departments will increase the frequency of their PhD students as presenters in departmental research forums and other internal discipline-specific events.
- Action 2: The Finance Department will continue to encourage PhD candidates to revise and resubmit before their final dissertation presentation.
- Action 3: Explore expanding to other disciplines what Management does through its MMRC (Midsouth Management Regional Council) which includes regional academic conference presentation opportunities for graduate students.
Recommendation: More structured rubric & feedback on student presentations:
- Action 1: PhD faculty will explore participating in a college-wide project to develop a structured framework for teaching and assessing communication skills. A specific version of this framework will be adapted to the needs of doctoral-level students.
Recommendation: Increase financial support for PhD candidates to academic conferences:
- Action 1: All departments with PhD candidates will work to ensure adequate funds are available for graduate students to participate in at least one academic conference as a presenter.
- Action 2: Explore professional development for FCBE PhD faculty to improve their overall skills at preparing our doctoral students for the job market. This might occur in the form of outside consultant-led workshops each Fall and funded through the Dean's office.
[View/Download/Print a PDF of the Full 2019 PhD CTL Report.]
(page updated: 10/24/2019)