........because I just got accepted into the Valdosta State University (VSU) Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program for Fall 2007! I have two classes left at NCU and I will be walking out the door with a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security this summer. It was a hard decision for me as I was nearing the start of the dissertation phase at NCU. I will lose some credits in transfer but I will still have the grad. cert. in HS which has opened up some adjunct door for me already. I have nothing bad to say about my time at NoCentral (can't call me a NCU shill Dave )and would highly recommend the school to anyone that would ask. In the end it came down to my career aspirations and the fact that VSU is a state, B&M school with a NASPAA accredited public admin. program vs. a 100% DL doctorate without a proven history at this point. I also felt that I was missing out on some of the face-to-face time offered by a residency requirement. I would have to say the valuable input provided on this board helped me tremendously with my decision criteria - thanks. I will keep you all posted on the VSU DPA program.