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Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive examinations must be completed by all doctoral students upon completion of their coursework and prior to their dissertation proposal meeting. This examination will utilize an electronic portfolio that combines artifacts, descriptions, and reflections. The primary goal of the e-Portfolio is to provide a demonstration of the student's ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills they have gained across both courses and disciplines.

  1. Pre-requisite:
    • Completion of all required courses by the end of the semester, which is submission of the e-Portfolio
  2. Standards - Depending on the professional needs of the individual student, one of two sets of standards can be utilized as a rubric for creating the e-Portfolio:
  3. Important Dates:
    • Submission due:
      • March 1
      • October 1
    • Notification of review results:
      • March 21
      • October 21
  4. Pre-requisite:
    • Completion of all required courses by the end of the semester, which is submission of the e-Portfolio
  5. Procedure
    • Students submit their e-Portfolios to both the program director and the program assistant
    • All members of the Doctoral Program Advisory Committee review student e-Portfolios
    • The program director inform students one of the three different decisions: 1) Pass, 2) Conditional pass with minor revision request, and 3) Major revision request. For the major revision case, if the Advisory Committee still does not reach a pass decision on the revised e-Portfolio, then the examination is considered failed and the student will not be allowed to proceed to the dissertation in the program.
  6. Review Criteria
    • Artifacts
      • Diverse multimedia artifacts that provide evidence of their proficiency in each sub-item of standard
      • Depending on the quality and complexity of chosen artifacts, students may need to provide multiple artifacts as evidence of their proficiency in one sub-item of standard, or one artifact as evidence of their proficiency in more than one sub-items.
    • Descriptions need to address at least the following information about each artifact creation:
      • When (explicit time)
      • Where (from which class by which instructor or which workplace)
      • Why (goal)
      • What (expected outcome)
    • Reflections clearly discuss students' knowledge, skill, and disposition relative to each of the competencies indicated in the chosen standard
      [Reflections should convince the reader that the shared artifact(s) provide clear evidence of meeting the standard/sub-standard item(s).]
      As such, reflections need to address at least
      • Why specific artifact(s) was/were chosen?
      • Why/How the artifact supports the given standard?
      • How the experience facilitated your personal and professional growth?
      • How this experience benefited your audience.
        Ultimately, students need to connect their knowledge, skills, and growth to the development of their audience, explicitly.
    • Additional Information
      • Students should write descriptions and personal reflections that demonstrate their knowledge, skill, and disposition relative to that competency.
      • Create an e-Portfolio using an individual choice of educational technologies such as an eBook, PowerPoint, a website, or any emerging technology. The reader should be able to navigate from a competency (and its standard) to the reflection and finally to the artifact.
      • Artifacts should include work from courses, but may also include work from outside the program if they are created during the student's time in the program.