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International Doctoral Students and Time to Completion in Regards to Institutional Financial Support
by Shank, Lorena del Carmen, Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2018, 151; 10928923
Abstract (Summary)

This study attempts to examine the different financial support mechanisms that predict the time of completion for international doctoral students within the United States. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is used to analyze 15,678 visa-seeking students who completed their degree from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Multiple regression, correlation analysis, and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to investigate the research questions of the target population.

The findings of this study offer a step in adding to the literature on these topics of international students. First, the findings suggest the financial support mechanisms have a strong correlation of the regions in East Asia, South and Central Asia, and Europe and Eurasia. Second, the results include that institutional aid, such as teaching and research assistantships are primarily used by international students and have a positive impact on time to completion. In addition, an international student’s personal finances such as personal savings or family earnings are not used as currently believed in data from prior research. Also, institutional aid such as teaching and research assistantships provide about equally to both male and female international students and has a positive impact on time to completion.

Furthermore, the study critically reviews at the resources that are made available to international students during their time to completion. The SED is a good foundational survey that provides some answers how financial support mechanisms affect time to completion for international doctoral students. The study concludes that the SED is a good foundational survey that provides some answers on how international support affects time to completion for international doctoral students, and that institutions should examine more thoroughly how their institutional aid and other factors may be contributing towards time to completion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gomez, Joel
Commitee: Jakeman, Rick C., Weiss, Brandi A.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Higher Education Administration
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Educational administration, International Relations, Higher education
Keywords: Finances, Graduation, Human capital, International students, Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), Time to completion
Publication Number: 10928923
ISBN: 978-0-438-29199-7
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