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"Three Magic Letters provides a huge amount of new empirical data to help us understand the process of graduate education. The authors' analyses and insights demonstrate substantial understanding of how process variables and socio-demographic factors interact. The analysis of underrepresented minority student experiences, in particular, points directly to actions that graduate schools can and are taking to improve the quality and outcomes of the graduate experience."

"Compelling picture of graduate school life... highlights important factors that contribute to student persistence and success."

"The book is impressive for not merely telling you what doctoral students are thinking... but in relating what they are thinking to how they are doing—mentally, financially, socially and professionally."

"Quite possibly, Nettles and Millet have produced what will quickly become a seminal piece of scholarship regarding the Ph.D."

"The first major study of doctoral education since In Pursuit of the PhD (1992)... the magnitude of this accomplishment cannot be overstated."

"This book undoubtedly makes an important contribution to the research literature on doctoral education... It breaks important new ground."

"An unprecedented look at how students race, walk, or crawl to the finish line."

"This informative, comprehensive, and enjoyable book goes far beyond the initial question about funding to examine essentially all aspects of the doctoral experience."

"Impressive... Will undoubtedly contribute to debates over how to improve doctoral education both in the UK and US, and indeed other countries."

Three Magic Letters
Getting to Ph.D.
Publication Date: 15 Feb 2006
Status: Available
Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order.
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 368 pages
Illustrations: 17 line drawings
ISBN: 9780801882326