UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
PhD PROGRAM SELF-STUDY
The Self Study consists of the following parts:
•Part I (Quantitative)
•Part II (Qualitative)
•Addendum 1: Faculty biodata or condensed cvs.
•Addendum 2: Presentations, Publication, and Awards by PhD Students (AY98)
•Addendum 3: Year of Degree and Initial Placement of PhD Recipients (past 5 years)
•Addendum 4: Major Accomplishments of Graduates (2-page summary)
Submit your completed Self-Study by September 15, 1999 to your college dean, with a copy to the
Graduate College. Be sure to submit to the Graduate College copies of any revisions made at the behest
of your line college.
Please complete all boxes on the Part I Template. You may comment in Part II on any numbers reported
in Part I that call for explanation or discussion.
A.1 – A. 3, B. 2-3. Programs that have separate curriculum codes for their PhD programs may use the
Fall, 1998 Graduate College Enrollment Report for application, admission, enrollment amd
graduation figures. Programs with a single curriculum code for MA and PhD students may use the
Graduate College Enrollment Report for graduation figures, but should report application,
admission, and enrollment figures using their own PhD headcounts.
A.3. “AY 1998” includes Summer 1998, Fall 1998 and Spring 1999.
A.4. Calculate average time to degree for students graduating during AY 1998. For students entering
with the BA degree, use time from date of entry to date of graduation, minus any approved leaves
of absence. For students entering with the MA degree, add 2 years to time from date of entry to
date of graduation, minus any approved leaves of absence.
A.5. Provide headcount of faculty eligible to offer instruction in the PhD program, and student/faculty
ratio based on PhD enrollment from A.1.
A.6. Use 1994 NRC Rankings and percentiles (provided by Graduate College).
A.7. Current Research Expenditures (from AAU Template, Part I, F6, G6).
B.1. Provide figures for Bachelor’s degree GPAs and, where applicable, Master’s degree for PhD
students entering program Fall, 1998.
Provide test score figures (as required by program) for GREs and TOEFL. Other required test
scores may be reported in Part II.
To calculate 25th and 75th percentile scores: determine the middle 50 percent of entering students for
each criterion, and record the high and low scores of that middle 50 percent.
B. 2-3. Calculate selectivity rate and matriculation rate based on PhD applications for Fall, 1998.
C.1.: Report percent of PhD students supported during Fall, 1998 semester.
C.2. Typical $ level of assistantship is the average stipend for an entering PhD student for the academic
year for the percent time reported in C.3. If you typically provide summer support, note that fact
and the level of support in Part II.
Net stipend = typical stipend, minus $528 (non-waivable General Fee and Health Service Fee),
minus any charges for differential tuition or other direct costs not covered by tuition-and-fee
C.3. Typical percent time of assistantship offered to an entering PhD student for the academic year, for
which the student receives the stipend reported in C.2.
D.1. Report involvement of all TAs in undergraduate instruction for the Fall, 1998 semester. Do not
attempt to break out MA and PhD involvement in Part 1. You may, if you wish, do so in Part II.
"Department total" = all courses or organized sections carrying undergraduate credit that have
their own call numbers and regularly scheduled hours. Do not include Independent Study or Directed
"Course or Organized Section” = a free-standing course or section with its own call number and
regularly scheduled hours; or a discussion, lab, or quiz section with its own call number and with
regularly scheduled hours that is part of a larger course.
"Taught by TAs" = a course or organized section in which the TA is the principal instructor.
Free-standing sections would count as “taught by TAs.”
"Assisted by TAs" = a course or organized section in which the TA performs some duties and a
faculty member is the principal instructor. A section taught by a TA that is part of a larger course taught
by a professor would count as “assisted by TAs.”
"Free-standing course or section" is a section of the course in which the students do not meet
regularly as part of a larger group at least once a week.
Example A: A course with an enrollment of 500 meets 2 times a week as a large lecture
conducted by a faculty member and once a week in 20 discussion, lab, or quiz sections staffed by TAs.
This counts as 21 courses or sections, of which 20 are assisted by TAs. (Note: the course or section count
is 21 because the lecture carries a call number, as do the sections).
Example B: A course with an enrollment of 500 meets 3 times a week conducted by a faculty
member, with 5 TAs acting as graders. This counts as 1 course assisted by TAs.
Example C: A course with an enrollment of 500 meets three times a week in 20 sections of 25
staffed by TAs. This counts as 20 courses taught by TAs.
"Lower level" = 100- and 200-level courses.
"Upper level" = 300- and 400-level courses.
D.2. For students who entered the PhD program during AY89-AY94, report the number and percent who
completed the degree, are still in progress toward the degree, and have left the program.
D.3. Report initial placements of PhD recipients, AY94-AY98. Total number of recipients should equal
those reported in A.3.
•Whenever appropriate, comment on the data in Part I, especially if you feel it does not give an accurate
picture of your program.
•The Guidelines repeatedly use the phrase “briefly describe.” You may take this to mean a sentence to a