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    Gabe F. is offline Registered User
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    Understanding the Graduate Admissions Process

    I understand that institutions have the right to specify whatever criteria they wish for a particular program, but what confounds me about the graduate admissions process is transcripts.

    Here are two good examples. Illinois State, like many other institutions, asks applicants for the Ed.D. program to submit every single transcript EVER. I'm having a hard time understanding how one's first year at Lincoln Land Community College has any bearing on their ability to succeed at the doctoral level. I say this because the program requires a master's degree so if one has proven themselves via a master's degree, why should anyone care about one's community college record?

    On the other hand, you have the University of New England which only asks for a copy of one's master's degree transcript. That's it. Aside from the "easy" factor, I sincerely believe that's all that should be required.

    Oh, and here's one last comment. Transcripts alone are unlikely to be the final determining factor. There are other elements involved in the process including submitting a resume/CV, submitting a writing sample, etc. All of that, again, leaves me to believe that gathering transcripts from community college or trade school whatever, is pointless.

    What gives? What say you?

    Illinois State

    https://illinoisstate.edu/graduate/d...ighedadmin_doc

    Present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned.

    University of New England

    https://online.une.edu/education/adm...-requirements/

    Request an official transcript reflecting conferral of master's degree.

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    I agree with you. I have a lot of random credits with one class here, two classes there as I put together my initial associate's degree. Beyond the "what's the point" factor of how I did in that Intro to Computers class through New Mexico State University - Alamogordo in 1997, it quickly gets very expensive ordering transcripts from a bunch of schools when I could simply order the transcripts from the school I actually graduated from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airtorn View Post
    I agree with you. I have a lot of random credits with one class here, two classes there as I put together my initial associate's degree. Beyond the "what's the point" factor of how I did in that Intro to Computers class through New Mexico State University - Alamogordo in 1997, it quickly gets very expensive ordering transcripts from a bunch of schools when I could simply order the transcripts from the school I actually graduated from.
    Bingo! You and I have the same problem. I assembled all kinds of odd and end credits when I was in the Coast Guard through correspondence courses. At present, if I requested transcripts from all schools in which I've earned credit, I'd spend more than $50.

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    Given Illinois' current economic status, maybe they just want to be REALLY REALLY sure you pay ALLLLLLLLL your bills. (release of transcript would be a confirmation)

    Seriously though, I think it's ridiculous. Maybe I'm just getting grumpy the older I get, but I would probably not even apply if they're so nonsensical.
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    The rules could be those of the school, the state or the regional accreditor, no?

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