2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation- PhD in Education

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The focus of this specialization is on helping students create a culture of continuous improvement within programs and organizations and as individuals. It emphasizes the theory, trends, and perspectives in the field as well as the role of assessment and evaluation as a vehicle for positive change. Students in this program engage in hands-on applied experiences and utilize processes for the rigorous research, assessment, and evaluation of complex organizational systems through data gathering and analysis. In this specialization, students evaluate programs systematically to resolve problems and engage in evidence-based decision making. 

Learning Outcomes

As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Develop ethically and socially responsible research, evaluation, and assessment practices.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop a comprehensive assessment plan designed to improve the performance of individuals, programs, and/or institutions.
  3. Integrate evidence of sociological, political, and economic considerations in evaluation/assessment proposals.
  4. Communicate findings of research in a way that is actionable by organizations and/or individuals.
  5. Communicate assessment information appropriately based on the audience and purpose.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to plan for a sustainable organizational culture of assessment and improvement.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.


Core Research Sequence (15 cr.)

Courses composing the core research sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100 or 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 or 8210 and RSCH 8300 or 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)

Those enrolled in this specialization are required to complete an advanced research course. The university offers three advanced research courses: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods. When the prospectus is approved, students will take the advanced research course selected as the methodology approved for the dissertation.
Students are required to complete one of the following courses:

Course Sequence

Course Credits
EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦  OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦  (6 weeks) 5 cr.
EDPD 8020 - A New Vision of Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8021 - Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability: The Sociological, Political, and Economic Factors♦   5 cr.
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8022 - Assessing for Individual Growth♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8023 - Evaluating and Improving Programs, Organizations, and Systems   5 cr.
EDPD 8113 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success   3 cr.
RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8024 - Dynamics of Communication for Impact and Results   5 cr.
EDPD 8114 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research   3 cr.
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8025 - Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement   5 cr.
EDPD 8910 - Completing the Prospectus   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis    5 cr.
EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of their foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Note on Certification

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.