Challenges Related to Transitioning Your Prospectus to a Proposal All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one . . . characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers. —Henry David Thoreau At this point in your education, you probably have insight into your academic strengths and limitations but may not yet know how your personal strengths, circumstances, and limitations may affect your ability to achieve the long-term goal of completing your dissertation. Your attitude, biases, and self-efficacy will play an important role in your ability to finish your dissertation in a timely manner. Recognizing your limitations and considering how they might create personal challenges for you along the way will better prepare you to address them when they arise. You must also understand process-related challenges and know how to address them both effectively and efficiently. Your next step is to find a chair for your dissertation committee who will help you to finalize your prospectus and work with you to develop it into what eventually will become your proposal. Your committee is integral to any progress you make in expanding and revising this preliminary prospectus into an enhanced prospectus document, and later into a proposal. With these thoughts in mind: Post a description of two challenges (one personal and one process-related) you think you might encounter while working with your committee to develop your prospectus into a proposal. Then, explain how you would prevent and/or address each challenge. Be specific. With the support of your Chair and Committee member, develop a plan of action for how you will develop your prospectus into a proposal with your committee over the coming months. In your plan, be sure to include your timetable for completing specific milestones (e.g., finding your committee, getting committee approval, expanding your literature review, conceptualizing your design). Specifically, when will you work on the proposal (e.g., in the evening, on weekends), and how do you plan to use the support services, resources, and documents available to you at the Walden Library, Writing Center, and Research Center to help you identify and overcome challenges to independent research?

 
 

Challenges Related to Transitioning Your Prospectus to a Proposal

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one . . . characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers. —Henry David Thoreau

At this point in your education, you probably have insight into your academic strengths and limitations but may not yet know how your personal strengths, circumstances, and limitations may affect your ability to achieve the long-term goal of completing your dissertation. Your attitude, biases, and self-efficacy will play an important role in your ability to finish your dissertation in a timely manner. Recognizing your limitations and considering how they might create personal challenges for you along the way will better prepare you to address them when they arise. You must also understand process-related challenges and know how to address them both effectively and efficiently.

Your next step is to find a chair for your dissertation committee who will help you to finalize your prospectus and work with you to develop it into what eventually will become your proposal. Your committee is integral to any progress you make in expanding and revising this preliminary prospectus into an enhanced prospectus document, and later into a proposal.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post a description of two challenges (one personal and one process-related) you think you might encounter while working with your committee to develop your prospectus into a proposal. Then, explain how you would prevent and/or address each challenge. Be specific. With the support of your Chair and Committee member, develop a plan of action for how you will develop your prospectus into a proposal with your committee over the coming months. In your plan, be sure to include your timetable for completing specific milestones (e.g., finding your committee, getting committee approval, expanding your literature review, conceptualizing your design). Specifically, when will you work on the proposal (e.g., in the evening, on weekends), and how do you plan to use the support services, resources, and documents available to you at the Walden Library, Writing Center, and Research Center to help you identify and overcome challenges to independent research?

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