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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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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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Much like a church confessional, a counselor’s office is considered sacrosanct. Counselors adhere to a very strict, comprehensive code of ethics that governs the nature of the counselor/client relationship, requires informed consent and mandates confidentiality. But one-on-one counseling sessions are only one treatment setting. When counselors are facilitators in group therapy, the code of confidentiality is tested.

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The study of the human mind has its roots in ancient times, but psychology didn’t become a recognized discipline until the 19th century. Throughout the years, great thinkers like Wilhelm Wundt, William James, Sigmund Freud and Abraham Maslow have propelled the field forward, and different schools of thought and psychological approaches have emerged. Three of these approaches are humanistic, transpersonal and existential psychology.

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Health care administrators and nursing staff have become increasingly aware of the need for high-quality transitional care, especially among at-risk patients like seniors. As a current or aspiring health care administrator, you have the capacity to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable patients in your community. Stay abreast of the latest research on transitional care, coordinate with other decision makers at your organization and continually look for ways of improving and expanding services to better meet the needs of your patients.

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The literature review is the first major component of the dissertation process. It’s a comprehensive evaluation of current scholarly literature on your proposed dissertation topic. PhD candidates are expected to identify and evaluate what is currently known about the topic for the purpose of informing their own research. As you conduct your literature review, you’ll need to consider the existing findings and conclusions in light of whether your research will support or challenge them.

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The books of the Bible were written over a period of about 1,500 years, and the Silver Scrolls of the Hebrew Bible are even older. This raises the question: How can ministers convey the Word of God in a way that is culturally relevant to modern society, while remaining true to Scripture? This is a question that you may choose to pursue in your doctoral research. Grand Canyon University welcomes theology students who are interested in applying for our graduate programs.

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