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DBA/DIT Intensive: Overview

My primary obstacle was trying to align my paper and finding time with my current classes to devote to the writing of my paper. The intensive allowed me to reflex and reconnect to my inner self. In addition, I regained confidence I could finish this in a timely manner. It is in my plans to return and complete section two. Thanks again and please tell the professors it was a job well done. 

Cyndi Lightfoot, DBA Candidate, 2015 intensive participant

DBA - DIT Intensives Overview

A DBA-DIT doctoral study intensive retreat (DBA DSI or DIT DSI) is an optional experience for candidates in the DBA and DIT programs. Participants will meet in a location to focus on their doctoral study writing with a faculty member and other students who are at similar stages in their DBA-DIT capstone writing process. Participants spend every day—and evenings—drafting, receiving on-site faculty feedback, revising, and editing.

Attendees will work directly with experienced faculty members who have expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design as well as Writing Center Staff to develop and strengthen writing skills required for doctoral study/capstone writing.

Each doctoral study intensive retreat is limited to approximately 25-30 participants (this is subject to change and depends on location and venue). The ratio of faculty to students ranges from 1:7 – 1:9 in order to allow for individualized attention and immediate feedback.

Group and individual sessions provide detailed information about the requirements consistent with the Walden University doctoral study rubric.  Program content will be specific to the DBA-DIT doctoral study writing.  Attendees will spend time writing and meeting with faculty and writing staff members to obtain personalized assistance with their DBA-DIT capstone writing.

At the end of each retreat day, participants “check in” with the faculty members on progress made, barriers and facilitators to effective and efficient writing, and goals for the next day. Many participants take full advantage of their time away from home, work, family, and other obligations by continuing to write during the evening.

Participants will also network with peer colleagues who are in the DBA-DIT capstone writing process and develop peer writing support groups that often continue to motivate and support each other after the conclusion of the experience.