My Doctoral Program Completed...

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by PaulC, May 28, 2002.

  1. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    I've been around the old AED and the new DegreeInfo for many years. I go back as long as many of the original Gang of Six.

    I completed an RA BA (Marshall University), a DETC MS (ISIM University - Home of the Fighting Onliners) and have just completed an RA PhD with Capella University.

    My doctoral program ran for three and a half years. Slightly longer than I had hoped. It was nothing short of a terrific journey and full of enlightening experiences. There were many stressful moments and lots and lots of writing. I am very pleased with my work, accomplishments, and outcome.

    My advice, for what its worth - perseverance. If you can't stick it out, don't bother starting. There are many opportunities for giving up and getting frustrated. You have to be able to go on autopilot quite often and just trudge through the mucky parts to get to the other side.

    Anyway, Just thought I would announce my successful completion with Capella and wish anyone else considering a similar journey all the best in their efforts.

    Paul Coverstone, PhD
    (Paul C.)
  2. DaveHayden

    DaveHayden New Member

    Let me be the first on this forum to congratulate you on a job well done. What an immense accomplishment for an individual.
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Congratulations, Paul.

    You are to be commended for your perseverance and fortitude. Best wishes in future endeavors.
  4. Bao

    Bao Member

    Hello Dr. Coverstone,

    I believe it must be a joyful moment at the end of a long journey to complete your PhD. I saw your name on Capella University Website (I hope it was the same person) and remembered two distinctive characteristics about your professional background. First, your master degree is from a DTEC accredited school (ISIM University). And second, you work in the geographic information system (GIS) field. I also work in the GIS field and am currently an ABD at Touro University. Are you continuing to work in the same field or going into academia? Whatever your choice is; I wish you the best of luck.

  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Congratulations, Paul. (We still have to do lunch!) :)
  6. Ike

    Ike New Member

  7. Howard

    Howard New Member

    and lots and lots of writing.

    Yes, there was! Congrats!
  8. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Congratulations Paul!

    Now you'll have to find things to do with all this sudden free time! :D

  9. EllisZ

    EllisZ New Member


    That's an amazing accomplishment. Good luck in your future endeavors. (We all hope you stick around here for a while ...)

    BS-CIS, Regents College,
    M.I.T., American Intercontinental Univ.
  10. drwetsch

    drwetsch New Member


    Congratulations on your accomplishment! Be careful of the "Ph.D. blues." You will be asking yourself, 'What's next,' and be a lifelong addict to education and DL. :)

  11. defii

    defii New Member


    Paul, allow me to echo what others have posted. Congratulations and blessings to you in your future endeavors. Is teaching a part of your plans?
  12. Peter French

    Peter French member

    Dr Paul ... wonderful

    Dr Paul C

    Wonderful news - congratulations.

    And I remember that crap that was thrown at you over your DETC degree etc., for which no apologies were ever offered - you have proved more than a few wrong, and i hope a couple around here hang their heads even if only for a moment.

    Perseverence in more ways than one .... !
  13. Jonathan Liu

    Jonathan Liu Member

    Congratulations. Should we set up a list at to collect the names and stories of all people who finish a doctorate degree by DL?
  14. StevenKing

    StevenKing Member

    Dr. Coverstone,
    Congratulations! For those of us who have frequented these boards for years you are an inspiration! What are you plans now?

    Steven King
  15. Tom Head

    Tom Head New Member

    Congratulations, Dr. Coverstone! If this were one of those silly chat forums where folks offer each other imaginary goodies, I'd give you a virtual T-shirt that reads:


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  16. Steve King

    Steve King Member

    Congrats Dr. Paul! What an awesome accomplishment.

    Tell me, did you find the dissertation process more frustrating or difficult than your other years of school? I am looking to begin a PhD program and would love a "heads up" of what's to come.

  17. me again

    me again Well-Known Member


    Congradulations doctor!

    Doesn't is send shivers up your spine to be called doctor? :)

    JOLIVER New Member


    Like Steven I would be interested in hearing about the journey. What was as you expected, what was not as expected, etc.

  19. Tom

    Tom New Member


    So, what's next?
  20. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Congratulations Dr. C!

    You give hope to other DETC graduates. We recently had someone pursuing a nationally accredited B.A. express hope that he would be able to go on to an R.A. graduate school.


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