Supporting PhD Completion: Student and Faculty Perspectives

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David Burkholder
Christophe Janson


Doctoral student attrition rates across programs and disciplines have been persistently high. This study investigated departmental approaches believed to best support counselor education doctoral students toward the successful completion of their degrees. Twenty-four doctoral students and twenty-three faculty members in counselor education programs completed a Q sort of 38 statements. Four factors emerged from the data each representing distinct collective perspectives. These factors are described and discussed along with implications for counselor education programs.

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Burkholder, D., & Janson, C. (2013). Supporting PhD Completion: Student and Faculty Perspectives. Operant Subjectivity, 36(4). Retrieved from

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