Dealing with Social Isolation to Minimize Doctoral Attrition - A Four Stage Framework

Azad Ali, Fred Kohun
InSITE 2007  •  Volume 7  •  2007
The purpose of this paper is to create a study model or framework for dealing with social isolation in doctoral programs. Previous studies have focused on the issue of attrition among doctoral students and the factors that cause doctoral students to drop out prior to completing their degrees. Among the factors that affect students’ decisions to leave doctoral programs is the feeling of social isolation; however, the studies have focused on identifying the causes rather than establishing a framework for dealing with isolation feeling in doctoral programs. This paper intends to fill the gap and to establish a framework for dealing with isolation feelings in order to minimize doctoral attrition.
Model for Doctoral Isolation, Isolation & Doctoral Attrition, Social Isolation in doctoral programs.
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