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Grand Canyon University’s innovative doctoral degree programs prepare learners for leadership roles in their professions, communities and society. Our dynamic online learning community, integrated dissertation process, wealth of resources and collaborative environment support a successful and meaningful doctoral journey. We believe earning a doctoral degree is a journey and similar to climbing a mountain—challenging, invigorating and completely rewarding when you reach the top. Our goal is to help you conquer your own mountain and succeed on your doctoral journey. Readers of The Doctoral Journey blog, presented by the College of Doctoral Studies, will find resourceful and knowledgeable posts regarding the doctoral process, research best practices and dissertation tips among other topics from GCU’s doctoral faculty.
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Jeff Bezos, Thomas Edison and Jerry Seinfeld might not have a whole lot in common, but would it surprise you to learn that they all failed before they achieved success? If you ask any successful person in any industry to discuss his or her previous failures, you’d probably be in for a long conversation. Everyone fails—it’s an inevitable fact of life. Failure itself doesn’t matter so much as how you respond to failure. Expect your start-up venture to stumble—because it inevitably will—and make a plan for getting back on your feet. This is a skill the GCU students earning their Doctorate of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing learn throughout their coursework.

Give yourself a pep talk

All humans engage in self-talk—that inner monologue that everyone is grateful no one else can hear. Lock yourself in a dark room, away from hearing distance of others, and verbalize your self-talk. What you tell yourself doesn’t necessarily matter, as long as it’s positive, encouraging and you believe it. Remind yourself that Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes in 15 years before creating a multibillion-dollar vacuum. Who’s to say you’re not the next Sir James Dyson or Mark Zuckerberg?

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Life offers endless learning opportunities, and the College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University (GCU) thrives on helping you find them. In fact, the college’s mission is to create a vibrant learning community and guide individuals on a meaningful doctoral journey. From higher education to technology and psychology, all of our programs incorporate GCU’s Christian worldview to inspire service, integrity and purpose.

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes the legal framework by which students with formally identified special needs receive the assistance they need to succeed. According to IDEA, every student has the right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). This legal concept means that every student, regardless of his or her ability, is entitled to receive education that prepares them for independent living, further education and employment. To ensure each child receives a FAPE, students with special needs require Individualized Education Plans (IEP), which must be custom-tailored to each individual’s needs and goals. For those earning their Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education, learning how to hold productive IEP meetings is essential.

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One of the few constants in life is change. Although academia might not be as quick to change as many other industries, leaders in high education generally find it favorable to keep a weather eye on the horizon to spot the upcoming trends that may affect their schools, especially if you are enrolled in GCU’s Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership degree program. Remember that every challenge is actually an opportunity for your school, staff and students.

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Behavioral health care encompasses mental health care, focusing on the complex interplay of behaviors and lifestyles, and the wellness of a patient’s mind, body and spirit. The average person is shaped by external and internal influences and so it makes sense that, as the world changes, so too does the field of behavioral health care. In recent years, psychologists have noticed a number of emerging trends that are expected to become increasingly relevant to their patients. For students earning their Doctorate of Philosophy in General Psychology it is imperative to stay on top of these trends in order to provide the best care possible.

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If you ask five different people to explain big data, you’ll probably get five very different answers. Clearly, “big data” is referring to information, but what sets big data apart from any other information that isn’t given this catchy label? Big data, also called enterprise data, is one of those topics that seems like it should be far simpler than it is. If you’re pursuing a GCU’s DBA with an Emphasis in Data Analytics, you’ll explore the intricacies of big data, and how it can be used to support a company’s competitive advantages.

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Ethical marketing is an essential, but complicated issue for every company. Ethics in health care marketing is especially important. Whether it’s done intentionally or unintentionally, misleading patients is an egregious mistake that may inhibit their right to make informed health care decisions for themselves. Before developing an overall marketing strategy or implementing any advertising campaigns, administrators and advertisers must be very careful to scrutinize every detail in light of its potential ethical implications.

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The majority of students in an undergraduate classroom are between the ages of 18 and 24. Although these students are certainly adults, the term “adult learner” is typically applied to someone who is in their late 20s or older. Adult learners bring new opportunities to the undergraduate classroom, as younger students can learn from their more developed worldviews and life experiences. They aren’t without their challenges, as professors must find new ways of applying the curriculum in meaningful ways. If you pursue a career in higher education, you may one day find yourself facing these challenges.

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