The First-Year Experience Monograph Series Series

Graduate Students in Transition

Assisting Students Through the First Year
Edited by Kenneth A. Tokuno
Paperback: 9781889271613 / $5.00
Published: May 2008

174 pp., 8.5" x 11"
Language: English

On many campuses, graduate students are a prized resource, supporting faculty research and the undergraduate instructional mission. Yet attrition rates among master's and doctoral students are often alarmingly high. The 50th installment of The First-Year Experience Monograph Series describes the challenges associated with entry into graduate study and offers information about new initiatives and programs designed to ease their transition -- from unique orientations and mentoring structures to transition courses and graduate student centers. The monograph is written for educators concerned about master's or doctoral students and their road to success.

Table of Contents:

Transitions in Context: An Overview of U.S. Graduate Education

Theories Relating to the Transition Into Graduate Study

Transitional Needs of Master’s Students

Graduate Students of Color: Unique Challenges

International Graduate Students: Adjusting to Study in the United States

Orientation Programs for Graduate Students

The Transition Course: Supporting Graduate Students’ Adjustment

A New Context for Mentoring: Graduate Learning Communities

Graduate Student Centers: Locus for Services and Community

An Expanded Perspective on the Graduate Transition: Strategies for Supporting Students From Application to Completion of the First Year

Conclusion: Recommendations for Practice

About the Authors

Reviews & Endorsements:

Graduate Students in Transition is an ambitious book that has much to offer the administrator charged with insuring student persistence and degree completion. It is especially helpful in regards to master’s level students—particularly in the professional fields—where the classic systems of mentoring and apprenticeship are not long-standing.”

- NACADA Journal