Enhancing the development of mutual support
Residency is essential for doctoral candidates to become as thoroughly integrated in the process of scholarly endeavor as possible. Residency provides candidates for degree the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in scholarly research and building community. Furthermore, residency enhances the development of mutual support among the members of the student cohort. Ashland University's Ed.D. Program expects that the student maintain his/her employment in an organizational setting.
Residency is accomplished in several ways. Students are required to attend 12-week summer semesters during which 9 semester hours are earned in the first summer and 4 semester hours in the second summer of the program. During the first summer, students stay on campus for two weekends for an intensive foundations course in creative leadership. Starting in the second summer, students work in a partnership with a doctoral faculty mentor and their own employer or site-supervisor as the student uses research gained from the program to propose and implement an actual design or redesign of a facet of the student's organization which is sub optimal. The mentorship project concludes in the fall of year 3.
Throughout the program students attend classes and related activities during consecutive semesters with other members of the cohort. Ashland's approach to residency builds relationships among members of the cohort, faculty, and other professionals while, at the same time, offers options to accommodate the work schedules of students.