Stakeholder Uses of Attrition Research
A number of observations touched on the broader stake various elements of society have in attrition research.
Some specific roles for various stakeholder groups that emerged are described below.
- Graduate school administrators can develop attrition data and present it to departments as a tool for action.
- Disciplinary associations can encourage department chairs to think about their roles as important disciplinary leaders.
- Universities, in anticipation of increased pressure for accountability, can participate in the Graduation Rate Survey, a voluntary project conducted by NCES that is available on the World Wide Web. By participating, the institution can gain the statistical data necessary to create performance metrics.
- University research and planning offices can demonstrate that investment in research has major payoffs for various parts of the university.
- Education policymakers can use attrition data to make more informed decisions in allocating resources and setting graduate program goals.