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Dissertation Support and its Positive Effect on Grad Outcomes: Learn how different universities are radically improving retention rates
Doctoral program directors from two different universities will come together to present a powerful solution to a common problem that all doctoral stakeholders, students and program administrators alike share: retention and graduation.

Many doctoral students are full-time professionals working while completing an intense three-year program and in result, leads to fewer than 50% of doctoral students actually graduating. Regardless of program modality, might this lead to a lack of regular, structured contact and support from dissertation chairs? What might programs do to maximally meet the educational needs of today's doctoral students?

In this webcast, both speakers will present ideas on how to approach the new generation of doctoral programs, the focus on dissertation research and how to better support students from the start of their first course. All in an effort to improve graduation and retention rates.

Please join host Dr. King, current President and CEO of the American Association of University Administrators and editor of the Journal of Higher Education Management and esteemed guest speakers Dr. Kelley Brock-Simmons, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Education Programs at Brenau University and Dr. Raymond Bandlow, Professor of Education Policy and Director of the Doctoral Studies in Education at Gwynedd Mercy University.

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May 25, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Raymond Von Kluge Bandlow, Ph.D.
Professor of Education Policy and Director of the Doctoral Studies in Education @Gwynedd Mercy University
Raymond Bandlow holds a PhD from The University of Michigan where he trained at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), completed postdoctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and at Harvard University’s Center for Law and Education. He is currently a Professor of Education Policy and Director of the Doctoral Studies in Education at Gwynedd Mercy University. Raymond has worked in Education at senior levels for over 30 years, earned the National School Administrator of the Year in 2008 from the National Science Educators Leadership Association, and most recently was recognized with the Nikolai Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education in 2021.
Kelley Brock-Simmons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Education Programs @Brenau University
Dr. Simmons is proud to direct the Ed.D. program at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. She supports the unique needs of the contemporary doctoral student by practicing inclusivity, frequent communication, and mutual respect. She is committed to ensuring student success as students move from novice to experienced researchers. Dr. Simmons was recently honored with the Vulcan Teaching and Excellence award. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education Policy from American University in Washington, DC and has served as public school teacher, school principal, and has consulted for 17 foreign ministries of education as well as multiple state level education departments.
Dan King, EdD
President and CEO @The American Association of University Administrators
Dan King is the current President and CEO of the American Association of University Administrators and editor of the Journal of Higher Education Management. He has served as provost at three institutions and prior to his vice presidencies, he served as a dean at three other institutions. King has authored nine different funded grants and research projects totaling over $5 million; he has authored a book chapter, four technical reports, and over 50 papers which have been published or presented in scholarly forums.