Finding the Real Odds: Attrition and Time-to-Degree in the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Finding the Real Odds: Attrition and Time-to-Degree in the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Attrition and time-to-degree issues remain poorly understood in academia, and almost completely unexplored in criminology and criminal justice. Loss rates of fifty percent or more are common in the social sciences, while the success rates for criminal justice are unknown for most schools. This study attempts to investigate completion levels at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, using descriptive and inferential techniques, survival analysis, and questionnaires. Problems with data collection impeded analysis of even basic statistical operations, resulting in the exclusion of some independent variables due to unavailability of readily obtainable information. Both the Master's and Ph.D. programs had similar attrition rates, with nearly two-thirds of students completing the programs. The M.A. program was around two years, and the terminal level alone was a little over six years. Recommendations concerning data handling and retention for the College and for FSU follow, along with suggestions for national initiatives to address some of the problematic situations concerning lack of national recognition for criminology and criminal justice.Financial Aid Teaching assistantships are a common way to support students during their graduate careers. ... inquiry found candidates with classroom-based scholarships were more likely to complete the Ph.D. than holders of researchanbsp;...


Title:Finding the Real Odds: Attrition and Time-to-Degree in the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Author: Robert C. Lightfoot
Publisher:Universal-Publishers - 2009-04-09
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