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    I finally did it... I applied.

    After an unbelievable amount of personal debate, countless inquiries, and the multitude of other things one does and/or experiences when deciding on a program, I FINALLY made a decision and submitted the remaining application materials today.

    I have applied to the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: Stewardship, Leadership & Learning at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL:

    https://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/.../doctor-of-ed/

    If I'm accepted, I'll start in Spring 2018. If I'm not, then I suppose I'll give Taft or California Coast a call and see what's up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe F. View Post
    After an unbelievable amount of personal debate, countless inquiries, and the multitude of other things one does and/or experiences when deciding on a program, I FINALLY made a decision and submitted the remaining application materials today.

    I have applied to the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: Stewardship, Leadership & Learning at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL:

    https://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/.../doctor-of-ed/

    If I'm accepted, I'll start in Spring 2018. If I'm not, then I suppose I'll give Taft or California Coast a call and see what's up.
    Right on!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure they will accept you. Before you know it, we will be calling you Dr. Gabe
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    Thank you!!

    And Dear Mods,

    I swear I posted this in the Education forum, but... Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe F. View Post
    Thank you!!

    And Dear Mods,

    I swear I posted this in the Education forum, but... Nope.
    All good ;) and best of luck on your application and future doctorate program!
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    Congratulations on taking the plunge. Keep us updated.
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    Of course they'll want you! What school wouldn't? Great news from an already highly-accomplished person. I just know you're going to do extremely well and I wish you every success!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe F. View Post
    After an unbelievable amount of personal debate, countless inquiries, and the multitude of other things one does and/or experiences when deciding on a program, I FINALLY made a decision and submitted the remaining application materials today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe F. View Post
    After an unbelievable amount of personal debate, countless inquiries, and the multitude of other things one does and/or experiences when deciding on a program, I FINALLY made a decision and submitted the remaining application materials today.

    I have applied to the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: Stewardship, Leadership & Learning at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL:

    https://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/.../doctor-of-ed/

    If I'm accepted, I'll start in Spring 2018. If I'm not, then I suppose I'll give Taft or California Coast a call and see what's up.

    Congrats! Is there a reason why you would be looking at Cal Coast and Taft if for some reason you didn't get accepted into the regionally accredited USF?
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    Best to you, hope you hear good news back from them. A lot of us know just what it's like to go through endless debates and back-and-forth...before finally just taking a deep breath and applying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisjm18 View Post
    Congrats! Is there a reason why you would be looking at Cal Coast and Taft if for some reason you didn't get accepted into the regionally accredited USF?
    I have both NA and RA degrees. Having said that, if you are going to spend the time and effort, go the RA way. No disrespect towrds Cal Coast or Taft. I have a B.S. from CCU , and it has served me well during my time with State government. Just saying.
    XVI.8: Confucius said, "There are three things of which the superior man stand in awe. He stands in awe of the ordinances of Heaven. He stands in awe of great men. He stands in awe of the words of the sages. The mean man does not know the ordinances of Heaven, and consequently does not stand in awe of them. He is disrespectful to great men. He makes sport of the words of the sages."

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisjm18 View Post
    Congrats! Is there a reason why you would be looking at Cal Coast and Taft if for some reason you didn't get accepted into the regionally accredited USF?
    First, I just want to say thanks to everyone for the kind words! Still waiting on an admissions decision.

    To answer this question, the short version is that I decided to either go local or go cheap. The University of St. Francis is a short drive from me and is well-respected within the region. Given that so many Illinois universities, including public ones, are suffering from brain drain because so many students attend school out of state, I felt I should make selecting a local school be a priority.

    The other two, Cal Coast and Taft, had to do with cost and flexibility. The problem, though, is that I've struggled to complete self-paced courses in the past. I'm the type that generally needs hard, fixed deadlines.

    Of course, I've also looked at skipping the doctorate altogether. I've simultaneously applied to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at Northwestern University as well. I have around 18 months of VA benefits left and I don't want to let them go to waste so that, too, is playing a factor in my decision to do yet another program.

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