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With the number of different doctoral degrees offered to learners, it can be confusing to know what exactly the difference is between them and which one offers you the most opportunity to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Grand Canyon University offers four different doctoral degrees, including the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). How can you truly differentiate these two programs and make the best academic and career choice for your future?

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I am yours to keep

By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

Four weeks and two Theology Thursdays ago, Jason Hiles wrote a post on Jesus’ call to love our enemies. In it, he described the costly and almost incomprehensible implications of loving as Jesus has commanded.

Love is a word that rolls easy off the tongue. Very few object to it as an idea or even as a command to follow. In fact, even the secular spheres of our culture repeat with exhortations to love. (As I write, I am sitting in an eatery called Waffle Love with a painting on the wall that reads, “All you need is love.”)

Though “love” is oft repeated, I find very few take the time to consider what it is. It seems like a question too simple to ask. However, simple questions like this often expose just how incomplete our understanding is.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Originally from Zhitomir, Ukraine, Anna Cofrancesco is a young, determined woman of many interests, talents and dreams. She now resides in Phoenix with her family, and is currently a junior attending Grand Canyon University, majoring in psychology. She has been an honors student in the GCU Honors College since its humble beginnings and has been proud to watch it flourish throughout her three years at GCU.

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

If you are interested in pursuing a golf management degree, you may be wondering if Grand Canyon University’s golf management program is competitive enough to compete with a school that has been accredited by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Here is a comparison of programs offered by PGA schools and GCU:

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Kimberly LaPrade

Dr. Kimberly LaPrade is the dean of the College of Education. She earned her PhD in educational leadership from Capella University in 2008 and is a proud Grand Canyon University alumni who received her MEd in secondary education and BA in English/sociology in 2000 and 1990, respectively. Dr. LaPrade’s research efforts focus on topics related to teacher leadership and aspects of teacher preparation, performance and assessment.

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Beautiful blond woman with painted eye

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Sometimes, communicating is not easy. We’ve all been in a situation where we think we are communicating one thing, but it is perceived as something completely different by someone else.

When this happens, it can change the course of a conversation. What was once a positive interaction can quickly turn into a conflict that spirals out of control. So, how do we avoid this? Perception checking is a very valuable skill in communication. It brings clarity and understanding to relationships.

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While looking for colleges, you no doubt have a list of important criteria that will either add a college to your “Apply Here” list or remove it as an option. This criteria could include the rigor of the academics, the number of clubs and organizations on campus and so much more. While these are important factors to be aware of during your college search, it is highly encouraged that your list should include quality professors. 

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

There are many challenges in the process of designing online instruction that address a students’ unique and diverse learning styles. A main challenge is that learning styles are assumed to be static in most, if not all, assessment tests.

The reason this is a problem is that a one-time learning style assessment does not take into account situational, psychological and educational changes over time. The second part is that learning management systems (LMS) present content without being mindful of individual learning preferences. For example, visual students need more visual content and textual students need the content to be presented as text. When LMS content presentation is based on a one-time learning style assessment, or worse, on the assumption that all learners should receive the same presentation media, this is problematic.

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Life is all about planning. In fact, most of our “right now” is spent preparing for the future. We go to school to earn an education, to be prepared and equipped for a future career so that we can provide for our future family; none of which is guaranteed. Whether we are in school, currently working and saving money or in the midst of our careers, we all have something we are working towards, anticipating and planning for.

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