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In-Residence Workshop

Students enrolled in a doctoral program at Ashford University are required to attend three (3) In-Residence Workshops as part of their graduation requirements. The In-Residence Workshop Requirement applies to all doctoral programs offered at Ashford University. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below to learn more details about the In-Residence Workshops.

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IN-RESIDENCE WORKSHOP FAQ

Students must attend their first In-Residence Workshop in-person at Ashford’s San Diego, CA main campus and subsequent workshops can be taken either in-person or virtually.

All doctoral students are expected to complete In-Residence Workshop requirements while concurrently enrolled in other coursework.

Two to five hours of total pre- and post-workshop assignments may be required. Students can refer to the online classroom for these assignments.

Students are responsible for personal travel arrangements and associated expenses. Ashford partners with a travel group to provide reduced rate hotel options for students. Students will be notified of these reduced hotel options via email communications prior to each workshop. Students are not required to utilize hotel options provided by the travel group.

No additional books or materials need to be purchased for the workshop. Students can find helpful handouts and resources in the online classroom before and/or during the workshop.

A laptop is recommended but not required during the workshop. Wi-Fi and power outlets are available in the classrooms.

The in-person workshop will take place over three (3) scheduled days. Students will be expected to participate in classroom sessions involving group and individual activities throughout the workshop. The virtual workshop will take place over two (2) scheduled days. Students will be expected to participate in two (2) synchronous meetings. These meetings will be facilitated via a web-based video conference tool, and each meeting will last about five (5) hours. During the synchronous meetings, students are expected to remain actively engaged via web video conferencing for the entire length of each meeting. Students can also expect to complete asynchronous activities, in an online classroom, through the workshop.

Students must have a computer, phone, and internet access during the entire synchronous meeting on both days of the workshop. A web camera is recommended as well, and students are highly encouraged to visibly engage in the experience via video.

Students who are unable to travel to attend their first In-Residence Workshop in-person may submit a Virtual In-Residence Workshop Request form to the Office of the Registrar. Please reference the Ashford University Academic Catalog or contact your Academic Advisor for more information on how to apply for a virtual In-Residence Workshop.

Please write to [email protected] or visit the Office of Student Access and Wellness webpage for information and/or to request accommodations. Accommodation requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the workshop to ensure learning needs are met.

During the in-person workshop, students are expected to actively participate the full 16 hours of instructional time. Failure to actively participate in 90% or greater (at least 14 hours) of instructional time during the workshop will result in the student being withdrawn from the workshop, and he or she will be required to repeat the workshop. During the virtual workshop, students are expected to actively participate the full 10 hours of instructional time. Failure to actively participate in 90% or greater (at least nine hours) of instructional time during the workshop will result in the student being withdrawn from the workshop, and he or she will be required to repeat the workshop. Active participation is defined as actively engaging in the learning environment and not engaging in other activities such as: work obligations, unrequired technology use, and care-taking responsibilities.

Business casual attire is recommended.

Each In-Residence Workshop prepares students for their Dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project and post-doctoral experiences. These interactive sessions offer students an opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues and faculty. The workshops help to ensure student success in the completion of their program. Students will consider what it means to be a participant of a scholarly community, and how becoming a scholar-practitioner can impact their professional community and future goals. Students will engage in the scholarly skills of writing, critical thinking, and research as they learn how to explore topics within their own discipline. The dissertation and Applied Doctoral Project processes will be introduced as students will connect their doctoral research project preparation to the rest of their scholarly journey. Students will explore and refine their research ideas and will come away with a specific research topic and potential method and design to use in their study. Students will have the opportunity to learn research best practices and to better understand the doctoral journey at Ashford University.

Students will work with their Academic Advisor to schedule the In-Residence Workshops. Students must successfully complete all three (3) required workshops prior to starting the Planning II course in their program. Each workshop provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to meet significant research milestones and facilitate successful progression. Therefore, students are required to successfully complete each workshop during designated time frames throughout the program. Students who do not successfully complete each workshop during the designated time frame will not be allowed to progress to their next scheduled course.

  • First In-Residence Workshop: Must be successfully completed prior to the start of the 19th credit of the program
  • Second In-Residence Workshop: Must be successfully completed prior to the start of the 37th credit of the program
  • Third In-Residence Workshop: Must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Planning II course of the program

Students will be enrolled in an online classroom at least six daysone week before the In-Residence Workshop starts. Information from the instructor and other materials may be posted there.

The In-Residence Workshops are offered in-person and virtually. The in-person workshops are held at Ashford’s San Diego, CA main campus. The virtual workshops are facilitated via a web-based video conference tool.

The University offers both in-person and virtual options to meet the diverse needs of our student population. Please contact your Academic Advisor for additional questions regarding each option.

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