Our DoctorTalesBlog is all about finding success in graduate school. Dr. Patti and I offer advice and tools to help students survive the doctoral process. You’ll find that one of the biggest challenges is in learning new skills: critical thinking, academic writing, commitment, working smarter, persistence, and confidence. Even if you think you already have these skills, you don’t know what you don’t know. And you won’t know until you are tested.
Lots of smart people get into graduate school. But being smart isn’t everything. For example, in the ’90s, 57% of students finished within 10 years – but 30% left their program. But today’s doctoral attrition rate is 50%. What’s wrong with this picture? Why do students leave their program? What factors determine the success or failure of doctoral students today?