Thursday, September 29, 2022

Reflections on Qualitative II: Tips I Would Share with My Former Self | Rachel E....

Photo by Mohammad Danish: https://www.pexels.com/photo/black-twist-pen-on-notebook-891059/ After completing the Qualitative Research Methods sequence, I walked away with two conclusions I did not anticipate: I enjoy qualitative research, and I want to take the optional Qualitative III course. These conclusions surprised me because I approached the qualitative sequence with trepidation. I was weary of the lack of structure I assumed was characteristic of qualitative research. I learned, however, that qualitative research is structured—just in a way that is different than quantitative research. Qualitative research allows you to adjust your research process to accommodate what your participants and...

A Poetic Reflection upon Graduation | Dr. Derek Porter

"Apply to the dream career, we’ve earned the rightTo emerge with a punctilious sunrise, of renewed vigorThe world has waited, desperately seeking our lightSo let it shine enduringly brightWe’ll waitCongratulations!" Each year, commencement offers us the profound opportunity to celebrate corporately. The Class of 2022 is unique because many of its members started their degree programs prior to the unforeseeable events that have shaped our socio-political discourse. Yet with endurance and affinity, the Class of 2022 met the moment. Class of 2022, welcome to the Tribe. The Class of 2022 must...

My Fellowship Experience with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation | Rachel E. Smith

This summer, I worked with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for eight weeks at their Washington, D.C. office. I contacted CHEA in September 2020 and asked if they offered internship opportunities for graduate students. They did not, but about a month later, they accepted me as a Summer 2021 CHEA Fellow, which also marked the inauguration of the CHEA Fellows Program.   In the accreditation world, CHEA is the only non-government organization in the United States that recognizes regional and specialized accrediting organizations....