take remedial undergraduate courses? Are the numbers decidedly different for U.S. citizens and non-citizens? Do any trends seem to be developing?
Are foreign students with more advanced experience permitted to take first-year courses solely to learn the English language or U.S. culture?
Over the last 10 years, what proportion of students who entered the doctoral program completed the doctorate? What proportion complete a master's degree? Do the successful PhD graduates work in only a few of the possible areas in which the program offers degrees? Is there a distinct difference in these numbers for U.S. citizens and for non-citizens? Are trends developing?
What is the length of time between receipt of the bachelor's degree and receipt of the PhD for the program's doctorate degree holders? If the interval is more than five or six years, at what point in the program, and why, do the delays occur? Have analyses been done to indicate how these delays might be reduced?
What happens to those who start the doctoral program and do not complete it? Are those who discontinue their studies doing so at the early stages, intermediate stages, or when beginning research? Are students who have little chance of completing the degree advised of this fact in a timely fashion? Are students who would find a better fit in some other department so advised? What direction and counsel as to continued study or employment are provided to those who discontinue their studies?
Do students in the program support one another or are they working as solitary scholars? Are the students in competition with each other?
Is there tension between students who are U.S. citizens and those who are non-citizens? Do they work together and share similar goals?
Ask questions 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 for women students and students from underrepresented minorities.
Do students have opportunities to specialize in their areas of interest?
Recruitment of Students
Where does the program currently recruit its graduate students? What is the percentage of U.S. citizens among the graduate students? What would be the impact on the program if fewer non-citizens enrolled?
Are students told of the mission of the program when recruited? Is there an attempt to recruit students who have the same goals as those of the program?
Are the aspirations and ability of the students reasonably homogeneous? If not, how does the program deal with the variance?
Is there an active recruiting program? How effective has it been in recruiting students with the ability expected by the program's faculty?
Are there reasons to believe that a different recruiting program would lead to a student body more in accord with the program's aspirations?
Are any special efforts made to recruit women and minorities?