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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 it’s 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 student experiences.”

The faculty is currently delivering the surveys to students. Results will be available in August 2003.