The 2012 College of Liberal Arts Strategic Planning (CLASP) meetings focused on graduate programs. Degree granting departments, programs, and centers submitted written reports and met with the deans in spring and summer 2012.
The full-length CLASP report includes a detailed summary of issues raised in the course of CLASP 2012, and information about the college and its graduate programs. Here we offer a summary of findings and recommendations about admissions and recruitment, student funding, and time to degree.
According to a data collected by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), Ph.D.s who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in May 2014 borrowed an average of $54,954 in education loans per student over the course of their time at UT Austin. M.A. recipients borrowed an average of $29,090.
In spring 2010, 4,493 UT Austin graduate students responded to an online survey commissioned by the Graduate School to help campus leaders better understand the attitudes, opinions and experiences of students enrolled in both academic and professional fields.
The survey addressed the overall satisfaction and confidence of graduate students, and revealed data on such factors contributing to success in graduate school as mentoring and faculty-student relationships, funding, diversity, and student services.
The Survey of Earned Doctorates is distributed yearly to new research doctorates in the United States. Questions are asked about educational histories, funding sources, and post-doctoral plans. Results are published each year with a two-year lag; 2008 results have just been published.
The PhD Completion Project is a seven-year study conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools in partnership with more than twenty universities. The project examines retention and attrition and seeks to evaluate and promote practices that improve completion rates for underrepresented minorities and women.