Pardon My Absence–I’m Now ABD!

Don’t look now, but I’m back!   Well, OK, please DO look and read…I’m determined to get back to blogging and endeavor to do so consistently. First things first, though–I wanted to explain my absence THIS time  (yes, it has been a repetitive cycle and one I plan to break ASAP!)

I can’t change the past, but I can take proactive steps to do things differently NOW.


I have been on a journey since 2009 to earn my doctorate degree; specifically, a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning.  In March of this year, I reached a major milestone in my journey: I attained All But Dissertation (ABD) status, otherwise known as doctoral candidacy.

If that makes no sense to you, don’t worry–you’re not alone!

Several people have asked me what exactly this all means–so for anyone who is interested, here you go:

The ABD designation means All But Dissertation. It means since I began this journey in December 2009, I have completed all the required and elective courses (15) for my Doctor of Education (EdD) program, PLUS I have passed my comprehensive exams successfully (with 100%, no less!) 🙂



So I am now a doctoral candidate, enrolled in my first dissertation course, meaning “all” I have left to do is successfully complete and defend my dissertation. I don’t say “all” lightly, because there is a lot of work ahead–or as those who have passed this point tell me, NOW the REAL work begins! This could take another year to two or more, just depending on how everything goes with getting approval for each portion of the dissertation, and then defending it to the satisfaction of Northcentral University (NCU).

The last few courses prior to the comprehensive exams were preparatory courses to create a rough draft of the concept paper (the main idea for the dissertation). That rough draft is what I now have to build on, to double its current almost 50 pages, to become a valuable contribution to the current field of literature.

My specific topic is”Helping Adult Online Students Achieve Academic Goals Through Innovative Course Delivery and Appropriate Learning Activities.” It will represent the culmination of a few years of research and satisfy the requirements for NCU to award my doctoral degree.

SO…that’s what I’ve been doing that has kept me away from blogging. Well, that and my freelance work that suddenly picked up significantly, which is a good thing. My plan for this blog, however, is to strive to blog daily, primarily using ideas from the awesome Michelle Shaeffer and the Ultimate Blog Challenge (which was officially LAST month, but I’m going to use blog post ideas this month).

How about you? How are you doing on this May Day? Do you have any special plans for this new month?


5 thoughts on “Pardon My Absence–I’m Now ABD!”
  1. Well done, Karen! How can you keep up with a blog, when you’re working on your PhD? I know how much that work that is, since my husband got his several years ago. LOTS of work. Well done and good luck with the dissertation!
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