Exploration of the validity and usefulness of an integrated performance indicator for postgraduate scholarship programs

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Performance indicators used to evaluate postgraduate scholarship programs in the natural sciences and engineering are usually long-term in nature and focus on such measures as time to completion, employment status, employment sector, and annual income. These measures are time-consuming and costly to collect and analyze. The information provided by these measures, therefore, should truly be useful to both program staff and senior managers responsible for administering these programs. Based on an earlier study conducted by two Canadian researchers, this article presents the results of a study on the validity of an integrated indicator for postgraduate scholarship programs. The findings of the study reveal that the integrated indicator offers no added value compared to traditional survey analysis. The article concludes with some suggestions for future performance measurement studies.

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