During the Spring 2013 semester , the faculty approved campus-wide standards for management of the dissertation process at CGU. These procedures, encompassing the period from dissertation proposal to conferral of the degree, will be reflected in revised Dissertation Procedures webpages which will be available online as of the first day of Summer. Procedures can be accessed through the registrar's website or the new overview procedure page Completion of Degree - Doctoral Students.
The changes are designed to ensure consistency across the campus in the management of the degree completion progress for doctoral students and provide students with a disclosure of basic guidelines for what is expected to earn a doctoral degree at CGU. Deviation or exceptions to any of the CGU guidelines must be approved by the Provost.
Among the revised guidelines are the following.
While a dissertation chair may guide a student in the development of the proposal, the proposal itself must be approved in writing by all members of the dissertation committee.
Approval of a dissertation proposal should be conducted in the context of a dissertation committee meeting, at which the student and at least one committee member are physically present in the same location.
A dissertation defense may not occur less than six months after approval of the dissertation proposal. In addition, a defense may not be scheduled less than two weeks from the date the dissertation is submitted to committee members.
Because the dissertation defense is a public academic event, announcement of the scheduling of dissertation defenses will be undertaken by the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office must ensure that the CGU community is provided a minimum one-week advance notice of a dissertation defense.
Separate written approvals will be required for the dissertation defense and for the final version of the dissertation manuscript.
Written approvals mean that all members of the committee must sign the CGU forms or provide evidence of personal approval.
The Dissertation Process pages will provide step by step procedures to guide students through the process. Applicable forms will also be available on the website to assist students, committee members, and departments in collecting all of the approval signatures at the time each event takes place.