The good news is that the average doctoral student takes 8.2 years to get a Ph.D.
This is good news because, according to an article in the New York Times (“Exploring Ways to Shorten the Ascent to a Ph.D.,” 10/3/2007), in the past, it has taken the average student even longer to get the degree.
The article states that universities are setting more deadlines and “demanding that faculty advisors meet regularly” with their doctoral students.
I’m curious—has anyone had any such changes made in their programs?
Are advisors attempting to schedule conferences with you? Are they making attempts to meet regularly with you?
Many of my clients have said that deadlines would have made their task easier.
And they would welcome more contact with their advisors.