April 22, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Graduate-only Institutions - Biomedical Sciences

Assessment of learning in graduate-only academic institutions (GOIs) in the Biomedical Sciences – that is, those that award only research doctoral (Ph.D. or Sc.D.) degrees - poses different challenges from the assessment of undergraduate programs and student success. Given that assessment of graduate programs tends to be focused at the discipline level, the GOI SIG discussion will include the following: Beyond the standard metrics (e.g., advancement to candidacy, completion of thesis, time to degree), what might constitute measures of student success for graduate students? Would it be possible to develop a consensual set of student success standards and metrics for GOIs that would benefit both students and their institutions? Can we identify graduate programs in different institutions (with similar admissions criteria) that align well? Are there opportunities for similar GOIs to collaborate in a data-sharing consortium, and to enable peer comparisons? Participants for this SIG are welcome to propose additional topics, for example, the job market for GOI graduates.

Guy Salvesen
Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Christopher Cullander
Consultant and Director (Retired), Institutional Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor – Student Academic Affairs
University of California, San Francisco