What took them so long? Explaining PhD delays among doctoral candidates

van de Schoot, Rens, Yerkes, Mara A., Mouw, Jolien M. and Sonneveld, Hans (2013) What took them so long? Explaining PhD delays among doctoral candidates. PLoS One, 8 7: e68839.1-e68839.11. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068839

Author van de Schoot, Rens
Yerkes, Mara A.
Mouw, Jolien M.
Sonneveld, Hans
Title What took them so long? Explaining PhD delays among doctoral candidates
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0068839
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 7
Start page e68839.1
End page e68839.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Abstract A delay in PhD completion, while likely undesirable for PhD candidates, can also be detrimental to universities if and when PhD delay leads to attrition/termination. Termination of the PhD trajectory can lead to individual stress, a loss of valuable time and resources invested in the candidate and can also mean a loss of competitive advantage. Using data from two studies of doctoral candidates in the Netherlands, we take a closer look at PhD duration and delay in doctoral completion. Specifically, we address the question: Is it possible to predict which PhD candidates will experience delays in the completion of their doctorate degree? If so, it might be possible to take steps to shorten or even prevent delay, thereby helping to enhance university competitiveness. Moreover, we discuss practical do's and don'ts for universities and graduate schools to minimize delays.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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