Impact of additional early feedback on doctoral capstone proposal approval

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International Journal of Online Graduate Education

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Approximately 175,000 doctoral degrees were conferred by postsecondary institutions in the United States during the academic year 2012-2013, with 10,500 in the field of education alone(National Center for Education Statistics, 2018). Many students who begin doctoral degree programs and fail to graduate. While results vary by field, approximately 40 – 50% of students who begin doctoral programs do not graduate (Cassuto, 2013; Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service, 2010; DiPietro, 2012; Ehrenberg, Zuckerman, Groen, & Brucker, 2009; Marshall, Klocko, & Davidson, 2017; Spaulding & Rockinson-Szapkiw, 2012). Additionally, many students are in the doctoral program between eight and ten years, or even longer (Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service, 2010; Golde, 2005; National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, 2015; Sowell, Zhang, Redd, & King, 2008). In online universities, estimates are approximately 10% higher for students who do not finish ( Diaz, 2002; Storrings, 2005).