Graduate School and Beyond Earning and Using Your Advanced Degree

ISBN-10: 1594518084
ISBN-13: 9781594518089
Edition: 2010
Authors: Mark H. Rossman
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Dr. Mark H. Rossman has been advising graduate students for his entire academic career of more than 30 years. He is Senior Faculty at Capella University and has served Capella University as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President for Residencies. He was Professor and former Chair of Education at Walden University and National Specialization Lecturer and Dissertation Advisor at Nova Southeastern University. He has been Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Studies at Ottawa University, Associate Professor of Adult Learning and Head of the Department of Higher & Adult Education at Arizona State University, and Assistant Professor and Head of Adult Education at the University of Massachusetts. He has chaired doctoral dissertation committees and master's thesis committees for more than 150 graduates and has served on 300+ graduate committees. His graduates have received recognition for outstanding dissertations at Capella University, Nova Southeastern University and Walden University. He has received two awards as an outstanding dissertation advisor. Among his other honors and awards are the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Adult Basic Education, a Certificate of Commendation from the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, a Fellowship from the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, recognition as a Visiting Scholar from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and a Master of Humane Letters honorary degree. He is the author or coauthor of 8 books, 10 evaluative reports, and 40 chapters or articles. He has produced one film, nine self-contained instructional modules, and two audiovisual tape curriculum units. He has served on the editorial boards of four professional associations and has presented 77 papers in 12 states and seven foreign countries.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Can I Really Complete a Graduate Degree?
Can I Afford a Graduate Degree?
How Will Working on the Degree Impact My Family and Job?
Am I Too Old to Be Seeking a Graduate Degree?
How This Book Can Help You
Why Am I in Graduate School?
Three Categories of Learners
Motivation
Barriers to Learning
Time Management
Self-Directed Learning
Becoming a Self-Directed Learner
Need for Support
Online Courses and Degrees
Development of Distance (or Online) Education
What Are the Different Types of Online Courses?
Why Should I Enroll in an Online Course?
What Are Some Differences Between Online and On-Campus Classes?
What Are Some Strategies to Help Me Complete an Online Degree?
How Do I Complete and Hand in Assignments?
What Is the Average Age of Online Class Participants?
How Are Online Courses Graded?
How Much Time Will It Take to Complete Online Courses and the Degree?
What Technology Is Needed to Participate in an Online Course or Degree Program?
How Effective Are Online Courses?
What Skills Are Needed to Succeed in Online Courses?
Do Online Learners Feel Isolated?
Is "Online" Right for You?
Financing Your Graduate Degree
Federal Sources
State Sources
University or College Sources
Employers
Family
Savings and Investments
Additional Sources
Financial Aid Scams
Graduate School Financial Aid Checklist
The Degree Program
Accreditation
Am I in the Right Graduate Degree Program?
Defining the Program of Study
Developing and Completing the Program of Study
Know Yourself
Controlling Frustrations
The Graduate Committee
Functions of the Graduate Committee
Roles of Committee Members
Getting to Know Potential Committee Members
Becoming Known by Potential Committee Members
Choosing Your Committee
Committee Member Selection Guide
The Comprehensive Exam
Purpose of the Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination Process
Evaluating the Comp
Preparing for the Comprehensive Exam
Tips for Successfully Completing the Comp Written Exam
Tips for Successfully Completing the Comp Oral Exam
Proposal and the Thesis/Dissertation
ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing
The Pre-Proposal
How to Develop the Pre-Proposal
Developing the Proposal
The Thesis/Dissertation
Connecting the Proposal to the Thesis/Dissertation
The Problem
The Literature Review
The Methodology
Presentation and Analysis of the Data
Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations
References and Appendixes
Concluding Thoughts
The Defense
Understanding the Defense
Preparing for the Defense
What to Do at the Defense
The Decision
Now What?
Binding Your Thesis or Dissertation
Copyrighting Your Work
Publishing Your Work
Making Up Lost "Quality Time"
Commencement
Developing an Unofficial Annotated Transcript
The Portfolio R�sum�
Using the Title Doctor
ABD-All But Dissertation
Avoiding Emotional Letdowns
Put Your Degree to Work
References and Suggested Readings
References
General Style Guides
Guides to Writing a Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Paper
Research and Writing in the Disciplines
Index
About the Author

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