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Misaligned Visions for Improving Graduate Diversity: Student Characteristics vs. Systemic/Cultural Factors
written by Lindsay M. Owens, Benjamin M. Zwickl, Scott V. Franklin, and Casey W. Miller
Physics departments are increasingly working to improve diversity in graduate programs by using more holistic strategies in their admission and retention practices. However, completion rates for traditionally underserved groups are still problematic. By understanding and accounting for faculty and student divergence on challenges faced in retention, graduate programs will be better equipped to enact change. In this study of two graduate programs (one physics and the other astrophysics), faculty and graduate students were asked why graduate students leave their program, and to identify ways to reduce attrition. While the goal of improving retention was shared between faculty and graduate students, their visions for how retention could be improved were not aligned. Faculty believed that retention could be improved by reforming admissions practices to select for students with attributes critical for success in graduate school, such as resilience. In contrast, the graduate students noted more systemic or socio-cultural factors as impacting retention.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Careers
- Recruitment
= Diversity
Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
- Student Characteristics
- Graduate/Professional
- Professional Development
- Reference Material
= Research study
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1633275
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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L. Owens, B. Zwickl, S. Franklin, and C. Miller, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14834&DocID=4981).
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L. Owens, B. Zwickl, S. Franklin, and C. Miller, Misaligned Visions for Improving Graduate Diversity: Student Characteristics vs. Systemic/Cultural Factors, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14834&DocID=4981>.
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Owens, L., Zwickl, B., Franklin, S., & Miller, C. (2018, August 1-2). Misaligned Visions for Improving Graduate Diversity: Student Characteristics vs. Systemic/Cultural Factors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14834&DocID=4981
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Owens, L, B. Zwickl, S. Franklin, and C. Miller. "Misaligned Visions for Improving Graduate Diversity: Student Characteristics vs. Systemic/Cultural Factors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14834&DocID=4981 (accessed 13 April 2021).
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Owens, Lindsay M., Benjamin Zwickl, Scott Franklin, and Casey Miller. "Misaligned Visions for Improving Graduate Diversity: Student Characteristics vs. Systemic/Cultural Factors." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 13 Apr. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14834&DocID=4981>.
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