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First Class of Doctoral Students Begin Classes at Franklin University

Columbus, OH (January 9, 2017)

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, welcomed its first group of doctoral students to classes last week as part of the University’s new applied doctorates. The nearly 70 students from Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, and New York, began classes online and participated in a two-day colloquium event held on campus Jan. 6 and 7.

Different than a theoretical, academia-focused doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, Franklin University’s applied doctorate degree is designed for the working professional that’s driven to lead and innovate. The three new doctorate offerings: Doctor of Professional Studies, Instructional Design (DPS in IDL); Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA); and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) are designed specifically for professionals seeking to further their careers, broaden their knowledge and increase their marketability by gaining a relevant career and academic distinction.

Continuing the University’s long-standing reputation of removing barriers to educational success, the new doctoral programs use an embedded dissertation writing process to help minimize the stress and uncertainty of completing a doctoral program, while seminar courses and learning communities provide motivation and guidance to place students on a clear path to degree completion.

In addition, Franklin University’s reputation for maximizing transfer credit through its philosophy of recognizing coursework from accredited institutions is extended to the doctoral level. Unique to doctoral education, Franklin University honors up to 24 credit hours of previous doctoral coursework, shortening the remaining time to complete the degree while reducing the cost.

Two required colloquia help students build a learning community and ensure they have the support, motivation and guidance necessary to succeed in their doctoral programs.  The first colloquium provides an overview of doctorate expectations, coursework sequence, support services, as well as comprehensive exam and dissertation requirements.  The second colloquia will aid students in their transition from coursework to doctoral candidacy. Students will be oriented to the process and requirements for the upcoming comprehensive exam, as well as begin to plan how to navigate and fulfill the requirements of the dissertation process.

Students attending the first colloquium spent the day and half session getting to know each other and learning more about the University. A success in its intended purpose of providing support and creating a learning community, three students from Ohio, West Virginia and Texas already set up accountability expectations among the trio to ensure they helped each other meet the final goal of earning their doctorate degree.

“I was impressed with the professionalism and engagement I witnessed within this diverse group of students,’ said Dr. Wendell Seaborne, DBA Program Chair. “There was such an overwhelming sense of excitement and eagerness to start their journey to meet their personal and career goals. I look forward to handing this motivated group of students their diploma when they walk across the stage at the end of the program!”

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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