Student Achievement Success Data
Pardee RAND Graduate School tracks the success of our students in several ways. A key factor is the graduation rate: what percentage of enrolled students eventually graduate. Another important metric for the effectiveness of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. program is progress toward graduation or time to completion.
We believe a good test of our educational effectiveness is to let the market tell us how well we are doing. Our students subject their work to that "market test" when they submit their work to journals for publication or when they submit papers and posters for consideration for presentation at conferences. In both cases, we have seen impressive success.
One final indication that our graduates are leaving Pardee RAND Graduate School with the knowledge and skills that we desire them to obtain is demonstrated by their job market performance.
Our graduation rates in nearly all of the categories improved between 1995 and 2010, in some cases rather dramatically. We attribute this increase in completion rates to an improved admissions screening process, the increase in financial support provided to students over that period including increases in scholarships and dissertation awards, the increase in mentoring that has been made available as a result of an increase in the size of the Pardee RAND staff and the institution of formal faculty and student mentors, and improvements in the core and elective curriculum.
As of 2013 our 10-year completion rates (2004–2013) are 74%.
|Graduates|| Graduates |
|By Previous Degree Level|
|Other deg (JD, MD)||2||3||67%|
|By Age (at enrollment)|
|Less than 25||27||39||69%|
|40 and older||4||6||67%|
|Overall Graduation Rates||81||109||74%|
|By Bachelor's Degree Category|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||7||7||100%|
|Hispanic, Latino, Puerto Rican||0||3||0%|
|White other than Hispanic||47||58||81%|
|Overall Graduation Rates||81||109||74%|
Time to Completion
As of 2013, the average time for completion was just under 5 years (59 months).
Throughout its history, Pardee RAND has maintained a higher 5-year completion average than other Ph.D. programs. Data from a recent study by the Ph.D. Completion Project of the Council of Graduate Schools showed an average 5-year completion rate by discipline between a low of 11.8% in the humanities to a high of 34.5% in engineering. Pardee RAND 5-year completion rates are over 40%. The average time to completion for students who graduate is about 5 years. And over the past 10 years, our overall completion rate is 74%. Our withdrawal rate averages about 12% of all matriculated students over that same time period.
We track student publications primarily through the RAND publications database. This records all RAND publications that students authored or co-authored as well as publications in non-RAND peer-reviewed journals and other publications that they subsequently recorded in RAND’s database. A list of recent student-authored publications is maintained online.
The tables below provide data on the number of registered publications by students who have graduated from the program. The numbers reflect publications that students worked on while at Pardee RAND, but in some cases publication occurred after their exit date from the program.
Pardee RAND Air Force fellows are included in this data; note that these students are required to complete their Ph.D. within three years and often have lower rates of publication than other students not on this limited timeline.
Pardee RAND does not currently have a systematic way of collecting data on the publication records of our alumni, but we are exploring the possibility of conducting a survey of our graduates at the 5-year and the 10-year mark to collect data on their career paths and contributions to the field including publications.
Average Number of Registered Publications at Graduation by Cohort
|Entrance Year||Average Number of Publications per Student|
Number of Registered Publications by Cohort, as of May 2014
|Entrance Year||Publications||Graduates from Cohort|
Publications by Cohort
Each year PRGS makes funding available for our students to support travel to professional conferences. Students are required to apply for these funds and priority is given to students who have had a paper accepted for presentation. Funds are also made available to enable students to present posters, participate in panel discussions, attend competitive workshops and seminars, or attend conferences directly related to their dissertation research. We have also made funds available to enable individual students to travel to a conference to receive an award or to appear on TV.
Funding to Support Student Conference Attendance
|Fiscal Year|| Number of |
| Students |
| Total |
| Average |
|FY13||11||3||$ 8,971||$ 816|
|FY14 (as of mid-year)||21||4||$12,242||$ 583|
Of the students who have graduated since 2009, more than 95% have secured employment within 6 months of graduation in a field directly related to policy analysis.
Moreover, in recent years as our alumni network has grown and strengthened, there is a clear trend that where one Pardee RAND alumnus is hired, the organization is positively disposed to hiring future graduates. Some recent examples include: Amgen, where we now have three recent alumni; the Centers for Disease Control; Abt Associates; and the Strategic Data Fellowship run by Harvard’s School of Education, the Wallace Foundation, BCG, Northrup Grumman, California Legislative Analysts Office, LMI, CEB (Corporate Executive Board), Pepperdine University, and Clemson University.
For more information, see our Career Services Alumni Careers page.