The purpose of the study was to identify the barriers and challenges to EdD completion. Respondents helped identify which retention resources or actions would be most effective in keeping them enrolled and on track to degree completion. The EdD program director, EdD faculty, and WKU will be able to use information from the study to develop retention resources, intervention strategies, and perhaps make even more sweeping changes to confront the obstacles to EdD persistence.

This study utilized qualitative design based on a partial case study with holistic, case-orientated design. Weiss (1998) asserted that, "Qualitative evaluation has a special advantage for finding out when program operations departs from expectations and new theories are needed" (p. 266). It is rational to apply one of Weiss' strategies of the analytic task, which is finding commonalities, in order to locate common trends and main effects. Moreover, all the research questions were reviewed at the frequency of clusters of responses to find the common elements.


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