Two LBU Dissertations

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  1. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    I found another dissertation. This one is in an African related context. Downloadable here:

    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=uB_MiP0AAAAJ&hl=en

    Then the previously posted one here:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://jabalallawz.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/0/4/21048306/chuck_whittaker_jabal_al_lawz.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjQmbrapNjpAhWYu54KHSxDCiI4ChAWMAh6BAgJEAE&usg=AOvVaw0x217ppcPDxMnf8LaJqN8_

    There don't seem to be a lot of them easily locatable. Cursory look they appear decent.
     
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Because it is an unaccredited school, graduates' dissertations are not on file with Dissertation Abstracts International, a common practice at accredited schools. I would imagine it would be hard to get one's dissertation done at this school into a lot of places hosting such documents.

    I would argue the second one you list is not scholarly. I didn't look at the other.
     
  3. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    I have come across worse to much worse from accredited schools. Here is an interesting article a guy wrote about dissertation quality.

    He talks about "real versus sham PhD" (accredited). I wonder how many of the For Profits fall into the sham category where as he notes the PhD may impress friends but a scholar in the field can detect the superficiality of knowledge?
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/mygraduateschool.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/the-sham-ph-d/amp/
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2020
  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Interesting article. I recently read/skim through a UPenn dissertation which, in my opinion, was subpar. The barely 100 pages, including front matter and end matter, contained about 20 peer reviewed citations and primarily non peer-reviewed sources. Beyond the sources, I noticed several APA errors and poor sentence structure, which I pointed out to my students. So, I can totally agree with the author that some of the most respected schools produce sham doctorates.
     

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