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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2017

F. Doctoral Exit Surveys

Doctoral students at Illinois complete two exit surveys.

The AIDE Exit Survey allows Illinois to compare students’ experiences in its doctoral programs with those of students from peer institutions.  Data from this survey are utilized for the Assessment of the Illinois Doctoral Experience (AIDE), which helps improve doctoral programs on our campus.  De-identified data from this survey are forwarded to the Association of American Universities (AAU) Data Exchange.  Data compiled by AAU from member institutions facilitates the sharing of information nationally and provides a data pool that is used to shape graduate education at the national level.


The Survey of Earned Doctorates is conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other supporting institutions.  For more information about the Survey of Earned Doctorates, visit their website.


All doctoral students are required to complete both the Survey of Earned Doctorates and the Doctoral Exit Survey at the time of final deposit. Students may decline to answer any or all of the questions.