The doctoral program was completely different from graduate school. I had an opportunity
to dig deep into my interests and surround myself with people that share the same
passion. Doctoral seminars taught us the tools of the trade and the theories and methodologies
that helped us to ask and answer interesting questions. My research was not a solitary
activity. At Chicago State University, I learned from my professors, dissertation
members, and from colleagues in my cohort. My circle expanded over time to include
doctoral students and professors at other schools as I attended conferences and started
to submit publications. Being successful in this program requires more than just mental
ability. It is a challenging task that demands unequivocal determination and long
hours of reading and writing. My advice to other EDDE students is to renew your self-image
by writing a description of the person you want to become, act the part, and establish
goals. You are that person!
Learning should be a life long journey. One should always seek to keep the mind active
by feeding it pertinent information. The doctoral program at Chicago State University
was a great source through which our minds were educationally fed timely information
that was important to the field. In my reflection, the professors who were selected
to guide us through this program gave
me the patience and guidance needed to complete this most important portion of my
educational journey. My family was my greatest support system and extremely instrumental
in my accomplishment by pushing me enough to complete my journey. I will always be
forever grateful to Chicago State University and my family by making this great achievement
day comes into full fruition. There is a saying, "Each one, reach one." My plans are
to reach out to as many as possible, keeping the legacy of Chicago State alive and
sharing what I have learned with others.
Going through Chicago State University's Ed.D program has been an excellent experience
for me. However, the most valuable and gratifying experience for me has come while
working to complete my doctoral dissertation. I've always been interested in writing
and publishing and I have since grown equally as interested in research. Having the
opportunity to use my research, data, and the knowledge gained to assist me in
my private sector
endeavors interests me even more. Being able to work with my chair and the other talented
members of my dissertation committee has encouraged me to actively pursue ventures
in the private sector and now, those ventures that once seemed unobtainable are very
reachable. In essence, the journey to an Ed.D. at Chicago State University has been
filled with unbelievable rewards, such as gaining knowledge, broadening your horizons
and striving to become an academic expert in your field.
I clearly remember completing my Master's course work at Chicago State University
when I was given a questionnaire regarding the doctoral program. Now several years
later that questionnaire from the ELCF Professor has turned into a reality for a culminating
event in my education. Soon I will be standing on a stage and receiving a doctorate
degree. I wish I had two pages to
write all the names of the people who have helped me on the path of this educational
endeavor: Professors, Department Chair, my dissertation committee, my colleagues turned
friends and the ladies and gentlemen in all the offices. These are the people who
helped me complete this wonderful educational adventure and these are the people in
mind when I say Chicago State University has helped me complete this journey. I am
proud of myself and the accomplishment of this degree. I am equally proud to be part
of the history of Chicago State University and the wonderful people in the Department
of Doctoral Studies. The education I received will carry me through my life and career
as an educator.
"Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one
undertakes and continues the journey" (Alex Noble). Having completed my pursuit of
obtaining a doctorate, I've come to realize that the journey is only now beginning.
I've been rewarded for my diligence and dedication to completing my studies; however,
now I must heed the call to continue to gain insight and wisdom through the experience
of being of service to others. The Ed.D. Program at Chicago State University has prepared
me and supplied me with the tools I need to continue my journey. The faculty and staff
have challenged and stimulated my intellectual and moral ability, and because of them,
I am confident of my knowledge and future application, thereof.
Henry Beecher stated, "The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one
comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won't." I have been taught from
a child to adulthood that it is easier to go downstairs than to go up. As I reflect
upon my time in the doctoral program at Chicago State University, I realized that
it would not be easy to obtain this goal; however, with perseverance and strong determination,
the journey through many obstacles reached the highest point on Graduation Day. The
companionship forged during the classes was unforgettable. As a cohort, we embraced
and encouraged each other so that the climb toward the ultimate goal seemed more obtainable.
The professors in this program helped to guide me through a dream that has become
a reality. My chairperson and committee directed my path throughout the dissertation
process until a successful manuscript was produced. I could never thank them enough.
I know that the dream does not end at this point. Another chapter of my journey is
commencing. I must now move forward to share my learned information with the education
community. I am in awe of what perseverance combined with a fabulous faculty has helped
me achieve. Thank you Chicago State University!
I am thrilled to be among one of the first cohort candidates at Chicago State University.
Going through the doctoral program was an exciting and challenging experience. It
was exciting because it gave me an opportunity to produce an independent scholarly
work and was an excellent opportunity to spend time to address the research problem
that I thought was significant to improve education in this country and solve it in
a scientific way. Sharing the lived experience of the cohort members and diverse faculty
was also an excellent opportunity for me. The journey was also challenging in that,
as many other students in the program, I took on various responsibilities along with
my study, such as taking care of my family and working, which oftentimes needs sacrifice
and balancing. My experience with the doctoral program has given me the opportunity
to educate myself, test my endurance, and write a dissertation. My successful journey
would not have been possible without the support of the thoughtful faculty and dissertation
committee members. I encourage my fellow cohort members to persist and finish the
The transition from a structured curriculum to research, writing and defense of the
dissertation does not compare to any prior educational experience. The doctoral student
goes from a traditional learning environment to an individual learning experience.
The doctoral cohort model gave me lifelong friends; the opportunity to learn from
others, and the program provides a rich learning environment. On the other hand, the
dissertation process tested my academic skills, my character and especially the traits
of discipline and persistence, and how to meet
and overcome a variety of frustrations. Completing the dissertation process largely
depends on acquiring the proper skills. So the real test for any doctoral program
requires the answer to a single question; does the program prepare the student for
research, writing and defense of the dissertation? The doctoral program at Chicago
State University answers this question with a resounding yes! Each class in the program
delivers a skill component to help the student in completing the dissertation process.
The program creates high expectations, and gives students opportunities to participate
in outside conferences that help refine analytical and writing skills while exposing
the student to the research community. Department seminars and one-on-one discussion
with professors added that extra layer to the program to develop a unique and professional
culture to the doctoral program. I highly recommend the doctoral program in educational
leadership at Chicago State University because it delivers all the academic components
a student will need to achieve their goal.