The PhD: who completes it and who drops out?

Doctoral completion rates are an indicator of successful doctoral programs, and of a region’s highly skilled workforce. Research Evaluation investigates the factors determining PhD completion and drop-out rates, in a new study “The PhD track: Who succeeds, who drops out?

The study examines a variety of factors that contribute to PhD completion and drop-out rates, including discipline, type of scholarship or appointment, gender, age, and nationality, and determines the time when degree-attainment and drop-out are most likely to occur.

The paper is freely accessible for a limited time.

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