APPROVED: DSC 12/08/03; DTF 3/04/04
APPROVED REVISIONS: DSC 3/10/14; DTF 11/10/13
Generally written submissions for the comprehensive examinations, whether sit-in, or take home, should be comprehensive, analytic, well edited, and well referenced using APA citation. Each paper should be approximately 18 pages, excluding references. Evaluation of answers to all of the examination questions will center upon the quality of support for the thesis and major subtopics rather than correct or incorrect positions. The focus is to be on broad issues. It is important to clearly organize ideas. An introduction section and a conclusion section would represent a good idea. It's imperative to use facts, details, and references to provide support and explanation of individual thinking. Whenever possible and appropriate, names and specific authorities are to be cited. Factual accuracy is important. Avoid guessing or making up information. At some points, telling the reader where additional information can be found may be helpful. Consistently use appropriate language and vocabulary of the relevant field (e.g., cultural and social foundations, research, leadership), with brief definitions for terms that would not be commonly understood. In citations avoid layering, i.e. offering the ideas of theorists/scholars in a one-by-one, layered manner. Syntheses of ideas will be the hallmark of a well-integrated write-up. Papers are written in APA style. Editing of individual work is to be completed before submission. Integrity must be upheld at all times.
The Chair of their Doctoral Dissertation Committee will coordinate assessment of an individual student's responses. Their Doctoral Dissertation Committee will conduct the assessment of each individual's written responses. In addition, at the discretion of the committee chair, other faculty may be asked to review responses. Committee members will assess the student's responses individually, based on the criteria specified by the authors of the items and upon acceptable standards for graduate writing.
Each member of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee will read and evaluate the student's written responses. The committee will form a consensus evaluation of the student's performance on the written examination and eligibility to proceed with the oral segment of the comprehensive examination. The student's responses will be assessed overall as "satisfactory," or "unsatisfactory."
The committee chair will then provide feedback to the student. The feedback will consist of the overall assessment and appropriate comments. The committees' overall assessment will be submitted in writing to the Doctoral Program Director no later than four weeks after the written examination has been administered.
When a student's responses on the written examination are assessed as "unsatisfactory" they will be granted permission to retake the written examination in accordance with the policy on Eligibility to Take the Oral Examination.