Educational Administration, Department of

 

Date of this Version

7-2008

Document Type

Article

Citation

Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 6, No.3-July 2008 ISSN: 1541-6224

Comments

Copyright © 2008 Pro>Active Publications. Used by permission.

Abstract

A book by A. J. Cronin was the source of my career inspiration. Cronin wrote novels set in the life of the university. The university and the work of the professor became my career ambition. It took a number of years to achieve my goal of being a university professor. Today, a major portion of my university work is advising doctoral students. The national data on completion of doctoral programs are grim. I, like many of my colleagues, strive to assist students in completing their doctoral studies. However, despite my efforts to facilitate their studies, I am constantly reminded that the students face many hurdles in completing their doctoral programs. More than 50 of my students have completed doctoral degrees. When I consider these individuals, I am reminded of the distinctive factors they brought to doctoral study such as:

Family

Distance

Time

Work

Resistance

Health issues

Support

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