Trans-Pacific doctoral success: a collaborative cohort model

Partridge, Helen, Bruce, Christine, Edwards, Sylvia, Gasson, Susan, Hirsh, Sandra, Stenström, Cheryl, and Haycock, Ken (2016) Trans-Pacific doctoral success: a collaborative cohort model. In: Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference. pp. 125-131. From: 12th Biennial Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, April 20-22 2016, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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The San Jose Gateway PhD program is a doctoral partnership between the School of Information at San Jose State University (SJSU) in the USA, and the Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. Because of Californian legislation, SJSU has not been able to offer PhD degrees. The Gateway Program therefore provides a research pathway for SJSU's coursework students. It also helps the School to grow the research capacity of academic staff. For QUT, the Program provides the opportunity to advance research agendas and to build strong international connections and partnerships. The Program began in 2008. It is a distance-delivered cohort-based scheme with new students commencing in August of each year. All students are enrolled as part-time students in QUT's Doctor of Philosophy. Each student is assigned supervisors from both universities. In addition to individual and group supervisory meetings, all students and supervisors meet in a virtual meeting space once a month. The online monthly meetings are supplemented by two residential events each year: (i) a one week face to face residential in August at San Jose State University, and (ii) an online residential in March. This paper will critically reflect upon this unique Program, which has led to high quality research outcomes, rapid completions, and noteworthy graduate employments. Critical consideration of the challenges and future proofing of the approach will also be explored.

Item ID: 55408
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9943103-1-6
Keywords: distance education; cohort-based program; multi-national partnerships; higher degree research education; part-time students;
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