Category: Dissertation Journal

  • Dissertation Journal: Final Instrument Designed and Printed

    My survey instrument has been through its final design process and I’ve printed the first set.  The final design process moved things around a bit to make the instrument easier to scan and added a blank space for the survey ID. The final instrument was delivered to me not in the format I expected.  I…

  • Dissertation Journal: Participating Institutions

    I sent the invitations to participate to the first group of institutions (I hope to invite more as more institutions register for BCSSE) about thirty minutes ago. And I’ve already received three “yes” responses! Additionally, it occurred to me that I may end up with three groups of participating institutions: Web-only participant in NSSE Paper…

  • Dissertation Journal: Final IRB Approval for First Data Collection

    Last week, I ceased piloting my survey instrument and finalized it.  I submitted it to IRB as an amendment to BCSSE at the same time as sending it to my colleagues in IU’s Center for Survey Research who are formatting it for their scanners.  IRB approved the amendment and I will immediately begin soliciting institutions…

  • Dissertation Journal: IRB Approval and Beginning Pilot Administration

    The Human Subjects Committee at Indiana University-Bloomington has approved my pilot study.  I’ve delivered my first set of flyers (for cognitive interviews) to my colleagues in Residential Programs and Services so they can post them.  Now I’m waiting for the phone calls and the e-mails from students so I can start setting appointments.  So far,…

  • Dissertation Journal: Draft Advertisements and Revisions to Instrument

    I’ve received feedback from nearly everyone to whom I sent my original draft instrument.  I’ve incorporated their feedback and both my synopsis and instrument are much improved.  In my synopsis, I was careful to document the changes I made to the original draft and why I made those changes.  I don’t know if that documentation…

  • Dissertation Journal: Draft Survey Instrument

    I just sent my draft synopsis and survey instrument to several colleagues to solicit feedback.  I am particularly interested in feedback on the instrument as I am also in the process of completing the IRB documentation I’ll need to pilot the instrument. I have sent the materials to both content experts (student technology professionals) and…

  • Dissertation Journal: First “setback” – Postponing Quals

    It’s not directly related to my dissertation but I’m postponing my qualifying exam until the summer.  It is indirectly related in that one of the main reasons I’m doing this is so that I concentrate on my initial survey instrument so I can hit my data collection window this summer.  If I miss that window…

  • Dissertation Journal: New Support and Quals

    This morning, I met with my advisor to discuss the second-day question for my upcoming qualifying exam.  As I understand it, most advisors write the second day question with a specific focus on their student’s dissertation topic.  Since my advisor is not my chair (nor is he on my committee-to-be; he’s a great guy who…

  • Dissertation Journal: Reframing the First Two Chapters

    In class today, John Bean explained the structure of a quantitative dissertation and he reframed the first two chapters in an interesting way.  The way I’ve thought of them and the way they’ve been explained to me in the past is that the first chapter is the introduction and argument for the importance of the…

  • Dissertation Journal: Dissertation Synopsis

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a brief synopsis of my current dissertation topic.  With the help of some of my wonderful friends, I have continued to revise this synopsis.  Here is the current version, the version I am sending to my advisor for him to use in writing my second-day question on my qualifying…