Study examines grad student experience
For the first time ever, the faculty of graduate studies
is doing a massive study of UVic graduate students and faculty.
The faculty wants to know what its doing right, and where
the university can improve its service delivery.
The study will be in three stages, beginning immediately
with a survey of graduate students regarding their experiences at
UVic. The second and third stages of the study will be in the form
of focus groups in January and February. The second stage will centre
on the amount of time it takes students to complete their degrees
and what timeline is appropriate. The third stage will address the
topic of effective supervision.
Usually we hear from students who are really
happy or very unhappy, says Dr. Frances Ricks, associate dean
of graduate studies. So we have no benchmark for graduate
The faculty is currently delivering the surveys to
students. Results will be available in August 2003.