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Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Industrial Education and Technology

First Advisor

William D. Wolansky

Second Advisor

Larry Ebbers


This study was designed to investigate the perceptions of doctoral students regarding definition and evaluation of quality indicators in Industrial Education and Technology nationwide. The investigation focused on student characteristics and network support as they were perceived to relate to program quality;Data were collected by means of a direct-mail survey. A questionnaire was mailed to all doctoral students in Industrial Education and Technology nationwide. The population included only doctoral students from Industrial Education and Technology programs nationwide. The sample consisted of 210 doctoral students in Industrial Education and Technology. The questionnaire contained 89 questions using a 5-point Likert response set and open-ended questions. A total of 65 or 30.1% of the questionnaires were returned. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and Pearson product-moment correlations;The findings from the study were as follows: (1) On the basis of student characteristics, institutional capacities were not perceived a significant factor in determining doctoral program quality, however, financial assistance and course work, were perceived as being significant from the.05 level to the.0001 level of Pearson product-moment correlations. (2) On the basis of network support, course work and financial assistance were perceived as being most significant, and institutional capacities and other factors were perceived as being not significant. "Network support" refers to financial assistance (i.e., scholarship, self, corporate, institutional, military, and/or family support, loans, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or involvement in an intern or extern program).



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