Of course, some committees do not get directly involved in the dissertation process. Many get involved only at the final reading and signing of the student’s dissertation. Others are too involved, pulling the student in multiple directions simultaneously. This is why choosing a dissertation chair who is a good advocate is essential.
I am ABD status in the dissertation phase at Capella in the Post-Secondary and Adult Education program. I had a great online experience throughout my experience with Capella until I got to the comps/dissertation phase. I am now at the point that because it is taking so long just to get a topic approved (3 quarters so far) and really have no support other than peer feedback, I am actually willing to switch universities this late in the game in order to make progress, even knowing that decision adds another year of coursework. I feel that the dissertation process at Capella is too impersonal, not explained very well, and too rigorous / robust for working adults. I am starting to become very discouraged and feel like I am not smart enough to finish and should just convert my PhD into an MA Also, cost is an issue as I don't want to continue paying for tuition while not being able to move forward... It all feels like such a waste of time and money.
Dissertation Process Guidelines
Write 2-pages paper that analyzes the relationship between the Premise, the Prospectus, and the Proposal in the dissertation process and explain why it is necessary to develop all three.
Unlike many programs where learners are expected to complete a core set of specializations prior to beginning their dissertation, at GCU learners begin the dissertation process from the beginning of their program of study. In the very first course of the program, learners are introduced to the doctoral dispositions with emphasis on understanding expectations for scholarly work and the dissertation process.the Doctoral learner through the Dissertation process. Written from the perspective of a Doctoral learner, Graduate Professor, Dissertation Committee Member and Doctoral Mentor, this book provides a different perspective about the Doctoral dissertation journey.