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ITDE PTSD

ITDE - August 16, 2017
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It took 10 years to finish my EdD in ITDE. I took time out, twice, to care for 2 terminally ill family members at different times. I maxed out student loans, I was threatened with being dropped because I was taking too long. I had to quit and re-enter the program to prevent this and with no student loans I had to pay over $15K out of pocket. The Bursar is very strict with payment agreements and pretty heartless. I was fortunate to find someone who helped as much as she could. Who you know is essential, you cannot get through the hurdles without help. NSU is brutal on compassion. I went through 1 committee chair who refused to keep our appointment at the Summer Institute because she was a diva who wanted to have dinner with her friends. I flew into Orlando for one evening only just to meet with her from a business trip in Montreal and was headed home to South Florida. There was nothing I could do but go home, I had also paid for the Summer Institute and got nothing for it. My new chair was totally a godsend. She helped my get through despite many more trials, like 2 car accidents and relocating twice. Getting to the finish line was a miracle. I learned only 2% of the country succeed in doctorate programs. As for NSU, if I knew beforehand of the high cost, the lack in student services and the capitalist mentality, I would have chosen another institution. The online doctorate program was my saving grace though. If you can get past all the administrative hurdles. ITDE is the most difficult program to succeed in. I have battle scars, PTSD, depression, I cry a lot because the experience was so difficult. I left the default ratings, it was too difficult to assess.

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ITDE program head is the problem for the dissertation writer

ITDE - December 11, 2012
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I completed all the ITDE coursework 3 years ago. For the next 2 years I paid the fee each semester to stay in the program and work on the dissertation (concept paper, proposal, and final paper). The other committee members are never on the same page with the department head who is also on all ITDE committees. Some will like what you have and he will generally not. After 3 years and I'll admit, a BAD advisor, then a GREAT replacement advisor I passed the concept paper. Then for a few years of rewrites I never could get a proposal passed. The head of ITDE always had multiple complaints. My advisor, who is the head would never take up for me and step on the toes of the ITDE head. She would like my paper enough to propose it but would not push it through. Anyway, I spoke with upper administration and they said that the ITDE head was the problem with SO FEW graduates from the ITDE EdD program. They said that the other programs more than made up for the lack of graduates in that program. This does NOT help mme or the other ITDE students. I know many ITDE students in the same boat as I. Just a warning. Find out what you can about this process in ANY school. Stay away from ITDE at NSU while this guy is still around.

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Coursework Not BAd, Dissertation a Travesty

ITDE - August 11, 2010
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I have recently completed all the course requirements of the EdD degree in the ITDE department. I have been working dilligently for the past three years on the dissertation part of the degree. The first three years I had a dissertation advisor who was a boob and did not know what was expected by the dissertation committee. I sent in three dissertation concept papers and got them all turned down. I wasted my time. I had my dissertation advisor changed, the new one is extremely helpful and available. NOW, after three years of killing myself I am burnt out. Anyway, the school should keep a better track on the students and who the advisors are. The dissertation should be one the STUDENT is interested in, but NO, it has to be of interest to the dissertation commitee members. Also, After you complete the coursework in 2 to 3 years it is a $2450 a semester fee to keep in the program until you finish the degree. Like I said, I am ABD - All But Dissertation. AND don't know what to do next, as the future of completing the dissertation looks bleak and unattainable. I don't have much of a choice, if I plan to try and finish the dissertation. If I had another choice I would surely take it. I have spent about 70k so far on the EdD at NSU. It would be such a waste to not try and complete it. I wish I could find another school that would transfer my credits and grant me a degree without the dissertation requirement. I would jump on board. I know many other students at NSU that would too, as there are any in the same boat as I. Many...You would not believe how many. If you know of a school I will pass it on... 3000 characterss is NOT enough. I will add in the comments...

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