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|Amber K. Decker|
"Writing a dissertation is much like a grant proposal so this experience too has informed my work. Additionally, the experience of a companion dissertation helped me develop the collaboration skills required of grant writing. During the dissertation process, it was critical to coordinate the efforts of each individual section while integrating all sections into a cohesive whole. This is the same process that makes for an effective grant proposal."
Amber K. Decker earned her EdD in Higher Education, Community and Technical College Leadership in 2011 from the University of Kentucky. She chose an EdD because of its design as a practitioner focused program that would be offered as an executive cohort model intended for working professionals. It was a degree that aligned with her personal and professional needs. Her currently position as Director of Grants and Contracts requires a good deal of research and analytical ability. Through her EdD she gained a strong understanding of the literature pertaining to higher education, specifically community colleges, and was able to connect theory, practice, and grant priorities.
Advice for prospective EdD students
It is all about fit with your professional aspirations and personal commitments. Take all of this into consideration when choosing a program and model in order to be successful. When thinking about EdD versus PhD, you must consider what your end goal is and research the industry standard to determine which type of degree will best fit your goal.