Dr. Holly Schneider, a recent alumna in Higher Education, believes that doctoral student graduation rates matter. In her dissertation entitled, "Perceptions of mattering in the doctoral student and advisor relationship," she examined psychosocial factors that contributed to doctoral student persistence and completion. According to Dr. Schneider, "preliminary research found that faculty-student relationships and collegial support contributed significantly to doctoral completion more so than individual factors including motivation, career goals, procrastination, financial security, and external demands such as family." In addition she identified three components of mattering: attention, importance and dependence.
Dr. Schneider is currently the Conference Coordinator for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She hopes to advance in her professional career and continue to work with non-profit organizations in the future.
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