TRaCE qualitative summary: Insight from our interviews

TRaCE qualitative summary: Insight from our interviews

BY: Nichole Austin

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Many of our regular readers know by now that there were two equally important sides of the TRaCE pilot project: the quantitative assessment and the interview/narrative process. We posted a summary of our quantitative findings here, and many of the (over 300!) interviews conducted by our RAs have been shaped into the fabulous narratives posted on our website. However, it was still important to synthesize the collective feedback from all of these interviews, particularly as not all grads consented to share their stories publicly.

What can we learn from hundreds of PhD grads? The answer: a lot! While our quantitative analysis gave us a broad overview of what happens to graduates from Canadian institutions, the qualitative component allowed us to get much closer to the grads themselves and ask detailed questions about jobs, teaching, funding, time to completion, and more.  Our participants offered valuable advice to other PhD students and graduates, as well as specific suggestions to departments/institutions looking to better serve their students.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our participants (and to our amazing RAs) for making this project possible!

arrowsTake a look at the full qualitative summary here.

Many of our regular readers know by now that there were two equally important sides of the TRaCE pilot project: the quantitative assessment and the interview/narrative process. We posted a summary of our quantitative findings here, and many of the (over 300!) interviews conducted by our RAs have been shaped into the fabulous narratives posted on our website. However, it was still important to synthesize the collective feedback from all of these interviews, particularly as not all grads consented to share their stories publicly.

What can we learn from hundreds of PhD grads? The answer: a lot! While our quantitative analysis gave us a broad overview of what happens to graduates from Canadian institutions, the qualitative component allowed us to get much closer to the grads themselves and ask detailed questions about jobs, teaching, funding, time to completion, and more.  Our participants offered valuable advice to other PhD students and graduates, as well as specific suggestions to departments/institutions looking to better serve their students.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our participants (and to our amazing RAs) for making this project possible!

arrowsTake a look at the full qualitative summary here.

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