Improving Doctoral Student Retention
Retention and degree completion at the doctoral level are ongoing challenges for program and university stakeholders. In this chapter the topic of retention practices at the doctoral level is addressed. Three student engagement mechanisms specifically targeted toward online doctoral students and aimed at increasing engagement, program retention, and degree completion rates are presented. A literature review is provided in addition to detailed information relating to each student engagement mechanism. Finally, recommendations are proposed for the successful integration of the student engagement mechanisms into all academic programs where they might provide valuable results to the university and students.