Greetings ... my turn to be the "new guy".

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  1. Doug

    Doug New Member

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    My name is Doug and I have been a “lurker” (although I prefer “reader” or “observer”) at this forum, on and off, for a few years. Thanks to John and Chris for responding to my whining about the registration process.

    Based on my recent read, I now understand my long affliction with Analysis Paralysis ~ Degree Hunt Addition (APDHA). While I don’t think this forum is a cause of this, it is hopefully helpful toward cure. It has been said, that identification of a problem is a significant step toward resolution.

    A terminal degree has long been on my do list. In my 20’s I set a goal to complete a law degree by mid-forties. I have missed that deadline. Many years I looked for law schools with minimum residency requirements. I have never been blessed with living close to a part time JD and full time anywhere has not been an option. I have looked at the Concord program (several times), but it would not be recognized in my state even with passage of the California Bar.

    My long search for a JD has more recently morphed into a search for a PhD. My study interests include public policy, law and human resource behavior and management. I am looking for a individual (prefer no cohort) PhD program with minimal residencies at a regionally accredited public (preferred) or nonprofit private institution. My preference is a school that is an established brick and mortar that also offers distance programs.

    I would like to work at my own pace (one course at a time to start with) so a few programs fall off the list since the cohort model is required. I would avoid the GRE/GMAT as a hard requirement – I think schools want it for statistical data and I agree with those that denounce it as a true indicator of student quality.

    I have had trouble finding public institutions that offer distance or even blended PhDs. The schools that I have currently on my short list include:

    Nova Southeastern (PhD – Conflict Resolution)
    Regent University (PhD – Org Leadership)
    Indiana Institute of Technology (PhD – Global Leadership)
    Bellevue University (PhD – Human Capital)
    Northcentral University (PhD – Public Admin)

    As you may expect, in keeping the symptoms of APDHA, none of these have yet jumped out as being the one. There is a perfect program for me, I just have not found it. I am confident I will never give up this endeavor, but I would like to end the hunt. Any suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. edowave

    edowave Active Member

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    Have you looked at Valdosta's DPA?
     
  3. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

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    Indiana Institute of Technology
    Nova Southeastern
    Valdosta's DPA

    Would be my short list with Nova on top (since I live in Florida)
     
  4. Doug

    Doug New Member

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    The VSU DPA would be at the top of my list if it were a PhD. I have read the many opinions that professional doctorates (DBA/DM/DPA) are equivalent, but I have not come around yet.

    Also … my apology to Chip … I inadvertently called you “Chris” in my original post. Thanks for the reply to my inquiries about member registration. I am concerned, however, about the ten hour delay to post … I realize I’m a “probationary user”.
     

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