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/details.php?s=doctorate-coe-highedadmin_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/admissions/edd-admissions-requirements/ Request an official transcript reflecting conferral of master's degree.