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Liberty, EDD in Ed. Leadership

Ed.D. in Leadership - March 4, 2017
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I have been to Liberty for my M.Ed. in supervision and administration, and after I looked at every single online program in the country (and even many outside), I figured Liberty was the place I belonged. I've read some of the below reviews and much was right in their criticisms of some of the course work (particularly the quizzes). However, even with the quizzes, they are certainly pedagogically understandable given that they need to test you on knowledge in books they assign for you to learn with. I didn't mind them and they never really affected my grade. But then again, I read much of the material in preparation, but I'll be honest and say I never completed a text book. Many of the books they assign are less scholarly and more practical for leadership. The cost was great for a teacher (check for their discounts) compared to other institutions. I also believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, so the emphasis on Christian principles mixed and evaluated with and by mainstream theory was so amazing to experience. You're definitely at an advantage if you have a working knowledge of God's word and it's very enjoyable to work and study alongside likeminded professionals. The most important reason I came back to Liberty was one of my intensive professors I met for my masters. Incredible man of God who also had similar research interests. I am way ahead in my doctoral literature search and am looking to finish the entire EDD from the beginning of Spring 2016 to the completion of my dissertation at the end of summer 2018. I am told I'd be the fastest to ever complete the degree at Liberty... I said, "challenge accepted!" It's been a grueling pace but I am almost to my dissertation phase save a couple of outstanding courses to take. If you plan right, discipline yourself, and enjoy writing, grad school is for you. If you like discussing practical theories for leadership while also being mindful of spiritual undertones of such a great responsibility, then Liberty's Edd program is for you. I would not mind answering any questions from you guys. I have been where you are dear reader... and it can be done! We need a professional peer community of support, those of us doing distance education, and I'd love to share even more of my wonderful experience at Liberty! Highly recommended!

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It's okay...

Ed.D. in Leadership - May 21, 2015
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It is an okay school. I am back in school after a long break due to one dissertation research consultant. They do not support you during the dissertation process and that is discouraging. It would be a lot better if they embedded the dissertation process throughout the program. I feel the professors do not have the time to guide you or respond to your prospectus or proposal in a timely manner. I have friends who are working on their dissertation at brick and mortar schools and have received a lot of support. If I had to do it again, I would definitely work on my doctoral studies at a traditional school. I have an EDS from the University of South Dakota -Online and it was a rewarding experience. This one just seems okay.

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Did not meet expectations

Ed.D. in Leadership - January 9, 2015
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I enrolled in Liberty's online Ed.D. program fall 2014 with high expectations and really excited about pursuing my doctorate. It didn't take long for me to realize I was most definitely NOT in the right school! For doctorate level courses, I was quite taken aback by the amount of Christian propaganda embedded within the courses. It was actually kind of insulting. I mean, I was raised Catholic, but am not necessarily "super" religious BY CHOICE. You have NO OPTIONS in accepting ONLY a Christian worldview, and it very much expected that you declare and agree to it in just about every assignment. I actually waited until I received my spring syllabi for my next 2 classes before withdrawing, thinking maybe it was just a fluke that there was such an emphasis on Christianity over actual theory. But, they were worse! One of the actual assignments was to keep a prayer reflection journal and send prayers to??? I'm not even sure what they were talking about. It is creepy. The other negative was that in one course, despite receiving perfect scores on my assignments, the required quizzes screwed up my final grade. We had to take quizzes each week, including the final week, in addition to 2 additional final quizzes/tests the final week (so now, we had 3 quizzes/tests the final week) and other assignments. The quizzes were not written by the professor, and were full of errors, ambiguities, multiple correct or confusing answers, and some mistakes. There was no way to complain or fix them. In the end, my quiz points total brought my grade down to a B. After 3 degrees, I've never received such an unfair grade. When I complained via email to the professor (who seemed like a nice enough guy) he encouraged me to complain to the "higher ups" about the quizzes b/c I'm assuming he agreed w/ my concerns. Regardless, I was going to try to continue. My final concern, though, was that the amount of required courses was excessive compared to other similar types of online Ed.D. programs. I will be transferring to a different one for next fall, which requires 5 less courses and provides support for the dissertation from day 1. I WILL say that the people I dealt w/ in admissions, financial aid, and advising were always pleasant and helpful. I would say that this is a strength considering you are doing everything online (which can be a challenge when trying to connect w/ others. My advice to anyone under 40 is to take your time, save money, and attend a local university in person for your doctorate. TRUST ME, you will need the support to actually complete your dissertation and degree. Your chances of doing so online are very low. Good luck!

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I am changing to another University

Ed.D. in Leadership - June 22, 2014
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I Love it because it teaches christian values but they have to many young people working for them. And If you have a disability you are not going to get no accommondations that's going to fit your disability. I loved it when I first attended but as time went on, they start getting messy. The material I studied did not always line up with the quizzes and the test were just tricky. I think adults should not be penalized for being late on their assignments or going over on the test. I know someone who lost there point because they could not finish there test on time and they took off so many point to she got a low grade on her test which gave her a very low grade. That was very unfair. They need to stop messing up people federal Aide. Liberty need to hire real professional to work for them.

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Excellent

Ed.D. in Leadership - June 16, 2010
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I am enjoying completing my degree at Liberty. I have had online classes and intensive classes. There are sometimes when the books that are "required" are rarely used, which is a little irritating with the cost of text books, but I think this is a problem in many places, I remember it being an issue in my undergrad work at another institution as well. The quality of education is second to none. The instructors are helpful and show a true care and concern for the students. If you are not a Christian, I can see where this university may make you uncomfortable, because a Christian worldview is woven into all courses, but then again Christian students go to secular schools all the time and don't pout and complain about being offended. Just know when you enroll in Liberty, you will be presented things from a Christian perspective. I have been very pleased with my education and am glad that I made the decision to enroll in Liberty.

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I Could Not be More Pleased

Ed.D. in Leadership - April 14, 2010
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I am not conservative at all. In fact, I am extremely liberal, yet I was able to fit in and be accepted by those who were definitely more extreme to the "right." I appreciated the Christian viewpoint in regard to education and its value. I learned a lot from my professors and classmates, both online and during the intensives (on campus classes). Since I am prior military, my tuition was discounted and this fact made attending LU extremely valuable and cost effective for me. LU accepted post-masters credits from another university which made my time shorter...even though it still took me 2 1/2 years. My defense was tough and challenged me. Who would really want anything different? If it's too easy then the value is stale. My chair was very supportive from the very beginning. Becoming a "Dr" is not an easy process. No one is going to just let you walk in, but with this said, I HIGHLY recommend LU for anyone who wants to earn an Ed.D. in leadership. I could not be more pleased!

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