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Doctoral degrees: The dashboard includes all degrees classified as Doctoral in SIS. This includes, for example, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Education, but excludes the MD, DDS, and JD which are classified as “professional”.

Metrics: Most of the dashboard shows median times-to-degree. The AAUDE methodology uses median rather than mean (average) to control the distortion of summary measures by a few exceptional cases. Outliers are excluded, defined as elapsed years greater than 30. Outlier cases are often caused by source-data issues.

Degrees conferred: Degree metrics count the number of degrees conferred, classified by their conferral date. Degrees are occasionally revoked; revoked degrees are excluded. Occasionally the exclusion of time-to-degree outliers in one of the metrics results in reporting different numbers of degrees conferred for the different metrics.

Conferral date: Degrees are classified by the academic year of the conferral date which is the date recorded in the student’s record and diploma. The conferral date may be substantially prior to the date a degree is processed. For example a student may not immediately file for a degree for which he/she has completed the requirements. 

Metrics: Most of the dashboard shows median times-to-degree. The AAUDE methodology uses median rather than mean (average) to control the distortion of summary measures by a few exceptional cases. Outliers are excluded, defined as elapsed years greater than 30. Outlier cases are often caused by source-data issues.

Degrees conferred counts: Occasionally the exclusion of outliers results in reporting different numbers of degrees conferred for the different time-to-degree metrics.

 

Dashboard Selections

Metric: By default the dashboard shows the time-to-degree from the first term of doctoral enrollment in the degree department. The alternative measures may be selected. For most NYU students the four time periods are the same, except in programs such as nursing and social work where a significant number of students complete a master’s program before the doctorate.

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