First Year Portfolio Assessment
At the end of the first year, students assemble a portfolio of their writing from first-year courses. Students submit copies of the original papers with instructors’ comments from each, then meet with their advisor and another faculty member to discuss both the work from the first year of doctoral studies and future directions for students as they move through the program.
Designing Your Program of Study
Students will design a Program of Study in their first year. An important part of this process is developing a set of goals and a set of courses and experiences to meet those goals. Advisers consult with the students in developing their Program of Study.
The comprehensive examination is designed to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for conducting dissertation research in this multi-disciplinary applied field. Students are required to demonstrate knowledge about the key issues and concepts within at least two specific areas of study within higher education (History; Leadership, Management & Organization; Law & Ethics; Student Learning & Development; Academic Affairs; Social Justice, Oppression & Diversity; and Policy, Politics, & Economics) while also demonstrating knowledge of the research process through an individual research project.
Whereas the comprehensive exam demonstrates breadth of knowledge about higher education, the dissertation is the opportunity to demonstrate depth of knowledge in one particular area of higher education. The dissertation is a highly individualized endeavor representing the area in which the student will become an expert and generate new knowledge for the field of higher education. In close coordination with one’s dissertation adviser, a student designs, executes, and reports on a major research study. The student forms a three-person faculty committee who advises and validates this scholarly work. Students first prepare a proposal that must be approved by the committee, after which the student conducts research and writes the dissertation, which must also be defended before the committee.
For more information about the doctoral program, contact Chrystal George Mwangi, firstname.lastname@example.org.