Capella University Complaint

Capella University Complaint

What Capella University did:
Good Mor******@*****.*** has ***** only treated me unfairly but committed ***** injustice against me. I***-***-****trativel***-***-****from my Ph******@*****.***ran out. I filed ***** administrative ***** ***** it was denied. The worse part ***** I *****’t believe my ***** was ***** read because the person that responded couldn’t ***** get my gender correct ***** though I stated many times in my ***** I am ***** female. I am ***** done with my PhD ***** only need, ***** the most, about 6 more months before I will be completely done. I believe my ***** was denied based on my financial circumstances instead ***** the merit ***** my extenuating circumstances. Capella University clearly doesn’t care about their students ***** the denial ***** my ***** ***** ***** ***** indi******@*****.******** think all ***** the horror stories I heard about Capella University were untrue. ***** I now see they are true ***** in ***** happening ***** me. I *****’t have the ***** ***** pay ***** attorney ***** ********-***-****Capella ***-***-****n my behal******@*****.*** bills.

I filed ***** ***** against the administrative withdrawal because I had extenuating circumstances. While ***** student ***** Capella University, I have had death in my family (my mother *****), homelessn******@*****.***tation portion ***** my program ***** have successfully completed 2 dissertation course rooms. I am ********-***-********* my P***-***-****ministrat******@*****.***spite the signi******@*****.***e. I can’t begin ***** express the disappointment I feel in Capella’s decision. I appealed it ***** disclosed some horrors in my *****, but it was denied.

I feel ***** only disappointment, but cheated. My name ***** Christopher ***** if ***** want ***** call me ***** discuss this matter further, my cell number ***** ***-***-****. ***** can also respond ***** ***** email: ******@*****.***.

Thank ***** for your attention ***** this matter ***** ***** Thanksgiving ***** ***** ***** your family.

Kind regards,

Christopher

**********Capella University’s Response ***** ***-***-*********** ***-***-****orthington******@*****.***decisi***-***-****hool ***** ***-***-********* from the university due ***** ***** completing your program ***** the maximum time allowed ***** complete your program, ***** the Office ***** Academic ***** Co******@*****.***wed your *****. Through your *****, ***** have indicated your desire ***** be allowed ***** resume your program ***** ***** pursue completion ***** your degree******@*****.***le ***** the Office ***** Academic ***** Community Standards ***** ***** ensure that equitable decisions have be***-***-****he scho***-***-****cifically******@*****.***ee ***** ***** review your ***** ***** determine if ***** exception ***** the policy ***** appropriate based on: (*****) the demonstration that ***** experienced extenuating circumstances that prevented your academic progress, (b) those extenuating circumstances have remedied, improved, or stabilized, ***** (*****) that ***** have identified ***** realistic ***** feasible plan for regaining satisfactory progress. ***** realistic plan focuses on the courses *****/or milestones, ***** the program requirements that will be needed ***** demonstrate satisfactory progress. All three areas ***** consideration must be sufficiently responded *****, ***** this ***** decision ***** final ***** ***** ***** open for further *****.

I have carefully reviewed your request ***** rationale, ***** have considered the details ***** your academic history, as well as the information submitted in your *****. I found that ***** did ***** sufficiently respond ***** all three outlined areas above. My decision ***** ***** uphold your administrative withdrawal ***** ***** deny your *****.

This decision ***** the final determination ***** the university. I thank ***** for engaging the Office ***** Academic ***** Community Standards ***** President Designee in the review ***** your *****.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Raymer, PhD.
President’s Designee for Academic Appeals
Office ***** Academic ***** Community Standards

********************Letter from Capella University Administratively Withdrawing me********************

Dear Christopher

We regret ***** inform ***** that ***** are being administrativel***-***-****from your doctoral program for failure ***** complete your degree program within the allowed timeframe. Please see the enclosed letter for specific details ***** your options.

If ***** have questions, concerns, or wish ***** discuss your options, please contact DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu.

Sincerely,

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Phone: 888.227.3552
Fax: 612.977.5060
Email: DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu

**************My ***** ***** Capella University’s Administrative Withdrawal******************

Dear President Designee;

The purpose ***** this document ***** ***** ***** my administrative withdrawal as ***** result ***** the University’s maximum time ***** degree policy. I am appealing based on ***** series ***** extenuating circumstances. I have gone too far in this program ***** quit now or let my progress be destroyed due ***** events that were beyond my control. Life has thrown me so many challenges ***** obstacles, but somehow, I survived all ***** them. I continue ***** face challenges ***** struggles, but the things I have overcome in life have taught me lessons I could never learn in any classroom.

My journey has been extremely long ***** often heartbreaking. ***** for every moment I cried ***** tear, I had 2 moments where I smiled. In order ***** explain what my journey has been like, I first need ***** share ***** little bit ***** the background. I am totally convinced people cannot empathize with what I have dealt with if they do ***** know where it all began.

All ***** the events listed in this document occurred while I was ***** PhD student. The circumstances that occurred in my background occurred before I began my PhD journey while circumstances in sections labeled as Event #1, #2, ***** #3 occurred while I was enrolled in my PhD program. Enrolling in any type ***** educational program ***** ***** something that should be taken lightly. ***** enrolling in ***** PhD program ***** one ***** the biggest challenges anyone can voluntarily take. In my instance, ***** only did I enroll in ***** PhD program, I worked full-time ***** raised 4 children. Wearing all 3 hats, sometimes ***** the same time, was challenging ***** say the least ***** in many instances, I thought I would fail. In contrast, I emerged on the opposite end ***** the tunnel after having my life turned upside down numerous times.

I am human ***** know that life will throw unexpected curve balls, often, ***** the most inopportune times. Whenever I had ***** deal with life situations that were ***** only unexpected, but tragic, I had ***** do what I could ***** maintain my sanity. I took time off from school ***** deal with my mother’s passing ***** my son’s surgeries. Having ***** disabled child ***** ***** extremely difficult situation ***** be in. There was no way I could continue with my PhD program, work full time, care for 3 energetic children in addition ***** caring for ***** disabled son. My son’s surgeries started when he was about 6 years old ***** required ***** lot from me. ***** he’s my son ***** I would do anything ***** make sure he was okay. I did ***** have any help from my children’s father ***** sadly, my mother’s health had taken ***** turn for the worse. When I had ***** deal with those situations, I was able ***** recognize I was ***** invincible ***** I needed ***** take ***** step back. In order ***** make everything workout for my family, I took ***** quarter off. Once my son was better, I was able ***** register for the next quarter ***** I was successful.

I had started ***** think things were getting better for me, but unfortunately, they did *****. After I completed ***** quarter, my mother had ***** stroke. That put me in ***** situation ***** having ***** care for my 4 children ***** my ailing mother. I did ***** have any help or any other family that could share the “burden” with me. Somehow, I managed, but Just when I thought things were improving for my family, my mother died. No one saw it coming ***** I never imagined I would have ***** deal with that. I had seen many people have strokes ***** recover. I thought…no, I prayed my mother would be the same, but it did ***** work out that way. ***** make things worse, she did ***** have any insurance ***** I was broke. My mother died in October ***** that year ***** it was ***** until December that I was able ***** make ***** payment on her cremation. It was another few months before we could claim her ashes. I had ***** deal with all ***** this ***** myself ***** for awhile, I felt like I was going ***** lose my mind. The only family I had was my children ***** they were under the age ***** 18. So, I had ***** figure out things on my own. Also, I had ***** be strong for my kids because they were handling my mother’s death based on my actions. I could ***** let them see me break. While still dealing with my mother’s death, my son required another surgery. I cannot begin ***** tell ***** how many nights I would go in my closet or get in my car ***** cry my heart out. I honestly thought I would ***** make it through with my sanity. Contrary ***** what I felt ***** the time, I survived the chaos ***** heartbreak.
I felt ***** grief I had never felt before when my mother died. If I did ***** take some time away from school, I do ***** think I would be here today. I do ***** know if ***** “ordinary” death or grieving period exists, but if it does, I certainly did ***** experience it. It was bad enough losing my mother, but ***** being able ***** claim her ashes ***** having the funeral home call me every day demanding ***** or they would dispose ***** my mother’s ashes was heartbreaking.

With everything that was going on during that time, I honestly do ***** remember if I took 1 quarter off or 2 quarters off. What I do remember ***** recognizing that I my kids needed me ***** quitting was ***** ***** option. I had ***** take steps ***** preserve my family, their well-being, ***** most importantly, my sanity. I brought truth ***** the old saying, “What doesn’t kill ***** makes ***** stronger.” ***** this point in my life, I tell others who are dealing with crises situations that I am ***** “She-Hulk” because I have been through more than the average person. Whenever I reflect on my past experiences, I am sure I had options that I did ***** know about. I could have asked for assistance from Human Services ***** help me pay my bills or I could have received assistance from the institution where I received my undergraduate degrees. Maybe, I could have sought help from some non-profit organizations or ***** the minimum, asked for guidance ***** find out what resources I had available.
Looking back on everything I went through in the recent years taught me ***** lot. One ***** the biggest lessons learned ***** ***** though I am ***** strong woman, it ***** okay ***** ask for help ***** I do ***** have ***** take on the world ***** myself. I felt overwhelmed ***** like everything was ***** waste ***** time, but I did ***** let those thoughts sway me. I have ***** learned that if I had used some ***** the resources offered ***** Capella, things may ***** have been as bad as they were. Yes, I took time off from school ***** deal with impossible situations, but I always returned ***** was successful. I could have chosen ***** be ***** failure, but I made ***** conscientious choice ***** take ***** break, recoup, ***** continue my journey.

***** articulation ***** the EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES experienced that prevented my degree completion

Background

I am ***** divorced mother ***** 4 children-3 boys ***** 1 girl. My father raised me, but he died when I was 16 years old, which ***** when my life changed in ***** major way. As ***** result ***** his death, I turned into ***** homeless teenager. ***** though my mother was alive, she did ***** want me. It was ***** until I became ***** adult that I learned that she rejected ***** because she did ***** want me, but instead, because she suffered from mental illness. Unfortunately, I grew up during ***** time when it was considered horrid ***** receive any mental health treatment, let alone be diagnosed with ***** mental illness.

Approximately 6 months after my father’s death, I ended up in ***** accident (T-Boned ***** ***** 18-wheeler) that took the life ***** my aunt ***** nearly cost me my life. After ***** 3 month stay in the hospital, I was released ***** my mother, who turned me over ***** Social Services after me being out ***** the hospital for ***** month. ***** that time, I was unable ***** walk, dress myself or do anything else for myself. In ***** I had ***** be catheterized every 4 hours. I could barely feed myself. Despite how difficult I had it, I had ***** fend for myself ***** I did.

Eventually, all ***** my broken bones healed ***** my doctors’ surprise ***** I was ready ***** live life. Though I had been told that I would never walk again, I never gave up ***** learned how ***** walk on my own. Approximately 2-3 months after taking my first steps unassisted, I ended up pregnant with my first son. In spite ***** his father running away from my son ***** me, I was able ***** obtain ***** Associate’s degree. Though my body was still having some issues from the accident, being as young as I was, I did ***** let those issues stop me from pursuing my education.

I had raised my son for 2 years as ***** single mother before I met my (ex) husband. When I met the man I considered my soul mate, we eventually got married ***** I gave birth ***** 3 more children. During my marriage, I went ***** college ***** was able ***** complete 2 Bachelor degrees ***** ***** Masters degree. Contrary ***** what many thought, my marriage was far from ***** ***** one. My ex-husband was abusive mentally, emotionally ***** ***** times, physically. Inevitably, he walked out on the kids ***** left me ***** raise them alone. I was ***** allowed ***** work when I was married, so, when he left, I had ***** find ***** job ***** support my family.

I was able ***** find work ***** though I am ***** going ***** go into deep details about that job, I had ***** sleep in my vehicle every other weekend because the commute was 180 miles, round-trip ***** gas ***** was often ***** issue. I found myself sleeping in my truck for the last 3 years I worked as ***** Juvenile Correctional Officer. In 2009, my children ***** I moved ***** Richmond so I could be closer ***** work ***** my kids, but in December ***** that year, I had ***** massive fire ***** lost everything. Thus, my children ***** I lived in ***** hotel for the next 6 months.

Somehow, I managed ***** pick up the pieces ***** get back on my feet yet again. Then, in 2010, my second son had ***** have surgery on his legs. He ended up having 3 surgeries that year ***** because I lost so much income, we ended up being evicted from our home. We moved into ***** shelter ***** my son had another surgery, but after 6 months, I was able ***** get back up on my feet yet again.

In 2012, I suffered ***** meltdown ***** my job because ***** ***** brutal gang rape during ***** weekend I was sleeping in my vehicle ***** ended up having ***** leave that job. I never reported the incident because I was so ashamed ***** embarrassed. After awhile, I decided ***** continue my education ***** started ***** Capella University. I completed my Post Masters in Education in December 2012. As ***** today, I am ***** ***** the way towards finishing my Doctorate.

There are many events that happened along the way that I did ***** mention. I just want ***** ***** see that I have ***** lot ***** experience from life as well as knowledge gained along the way ***** offer others ***** I see completing my PhD as being ***** good way ***** tell me story ***** Tragedy, Hurt ***** Triumph. As ***** can see, it did ***** matter what I was up against…I never gave up.

Event #1, My mother ***** unexpectedly

My mother died unexpectedly in October 26, 2017 ***** yes, it was ***** turning point. It was very sudden ***** we all took her untimely death in one ***** the worse ways one can imagine. We are doing better now, but each time anyone mentions her, we all just tear up. My mother was ***** ***** good mother ***** me, but she gave my kids what they wanted, which isn’t too surprising considering they were her only grandkids. We used ***** eat ***** her house every Sunday ***** when one ***** my kids acted up, she was on their case too. She died without insurance, so I could ***** bury her. It took me nearly 4 months ***** pay for her cremation because we wanted her ashes. I do ***** have ***** urn ***** keep them in, but ***** least we finally got them. My mother had sisters, but after my mother died, I severed ties with them. They treated my mother bad all her life, but what they did after her death was absolutely despicable. They took up donations for her funeral ***** kept the ***** for themselves. As ***** child, I remember how bad they treated my mother ***** when my mother would get sick over the last few years, they did ***** bother ***** check on her. I could go on ***** on about how horrible those people are, but I am ***** read enough ***** understand my actions.

Event #2, My son’s surgeries

I have ***** disabled son, who had 7 surgeries in the past 4 years ***** need another one in the upcoming 2 months. He ***** doing ***** whole lot better now ***** fortunately, the surgery coming up ***** ***** considered ***** major surgery. He ***** 25 years old ***** has ***** girlfriend, so I do ***** have ***** worry about taking care ***** him. Furthermore, my youngest son ***** 18 ***** does ***** mind helping his older brother.

Event #3, I lost my job due ***** Covid

I lost my job due ***** Covid. As I previously stated, I was in ***** severe motor vehicle accident (MVA), which caused severe injuries. Part ***** the internal injuries I suffered included ***** ruptured spleen. As ***** result ***** losing my spleen, my immune system became compromised. In other words, I had ***** take extra precautions ***** avoid getting sick. When the pandemic started, the job I had ***** the time did ***** take ANY precautions. In ***** the city I worked had one ***** the highest Covid rates in the state! Despite people getting sick, being hospitalized, ***** in some cases, dying, no precautions were taken. In ***** I believe some ***** the people in charge felt Covid was ***** hoax though it they never stated it. Since having that MVA, I have always been told ***** medical doctors I need ***** take extra caution about preventing sickness. So, seeing healthy people die from Covid frightened me ***** I felt it was best I leave. I loved my job, but I loved my children ***** my life more.

It ***** important ***** note that Fall 2020 was my first quarter in dissertation. The world essentially stopped as ***** result ***** the pandemic ***** ***** though Covid was having ***** devastating on the people around me, I did ***** let it stop me in pursuing my dreams, objectives, goals, or whatever term ***** choose. Mandatory lockdowns, schools closed, gas shortages, toilet tissue shortages, just ***** name ***** few were the reality the world was facing, yet I completed my first quarter ***** dissertation. I believe that shows ***** lot about my integrity, motivation, ***** determination. Obtaining my PhD has ***** bee ***** “walk in the park” or ***** easy objective. I have encountered many speed bumps, hiccups, mountains, ***** downright blockages along the way. ***** I never gave up ***** I never will. My children already refer ***** me as having ***** PhD, so the most important audience ***** my life are watching me. My children see that I never gave up in my quest ***** obtain my PhD ***** they never will.

***** articulation ***** how those extenuating circumstances have remedied, improved, or stabilized

I cannot say I overcame every circumstance with no devastating effects, but I can say I overcame every circumstance ***** stronger person than I was prior ***** the tragedy. I lost my mother ***** though it ***** ***** pain one never gets over, it ***** something I have learned ***** live with. My mother endured ***** lot ***** chronic pain ***** suffering. She was constantly in ***** out ***** the hospital. I will never say I am ***** she ***** gone, but she ***** no longer in pain. It was difficult dealing with her death, but I managed ***** get through it. Death ***** ***** loved one ***** never easy ***** can really bring destruction when it occurs. ***** I persevered through such ***** tragic loss. I am now in ***** place emotionally where I can help others deal with similar grief, whether it ***** ***** parent, child, sibling, or another loved one.

As far as work goes, I have secured ***** better job ***** luckily, Covid precautions are taken very seriously. More importantly, I am fully vaccinated, so fears ***** contracting Covid have been reduced. I know I can still contract Covid but working for ***** company who takes the health ***** employees very seriously ***** ***** advantage. I cannot say the worse parts ***** my life are over because I am ***** psychic, but I know I am strong enough ***** push through challenges that many would admit defeat on.

***** realistic ***** feasible plan for completing the outstanding requirements ***** my program

I have completed 2 dissertation courses ***** on track ***** finish within the next 8-10 months, if ***** sooner. There are no doubts in my mind regarding my successful completion ***** my PhD. I note that I am on “track” in the first sentence ***** this paragraph, but I should put it ***** little differently. I WILL finish my PhD because failure ***** ***** ***** option for me. Noteworthy, I have completed the draft ***** Chapters 1 ***** 2. I have created ***** template for Chapters 3, 4, ***** 5. I will revise as progress in this last phase ***** my PhD journey. I survived the worse part ***** obtaining ***** PhD…maybe describing it as the worse part ***** ***** bad way ***** putting it, but any way it ***** phrased would mean the same thing. Since being on this PhD journey, I have been assaulted several times, homeless twice, loss my mother, almost loss my family, dealt with ***** disabled son, ***** more. Many people would have given up years ago, but I did *****. I kept going in spite ***** what I was going through. Furthermore, ***** only have I been approved ***** IRB, but I have also completed all my field interviews for my study. I am literally in the process ***** transcribing them. My journey ***** near completion! So, I am pleading with ***** that ***** allow me ***** finish my journey.

My Plan for completion

Currently, I have ***** stable home, income, employment, ***** in ***** very good place emotionally ***** mentally. My job ***** very supportive in regard ***** me obtaining my PhD. I am aware ***** my timeline ***** have ***** plan in effect. I implemented this plan quarter May 2021. Furthermore, I do ***** have any little children that require extra time ***** take care ***** or any extra responsibilities outside ***** my needs. The nature ***** my job allows me ***** opportunity ***** do some research for peer reviewed articles while ***** work. Better yet, I do ***** work over 25 hours ***** week. Basically, my work schedule ***** geared towards me having the time I need ***** complete my dissertation. I have created ***** schedule for my dissertation writing in which I allot ***** small amount ***** time every day ***** either writing or performing research. I find it easier ***** switch the days because it keeps my mental juices flowing in the right direction. I understand other people tend ***** use different approaches, but this one has been working for me. In ***** they constantly ask me how it ***** going ***** allot me time ***** work on my dissertation every other day. ***** many jobs would do that! I am very fortunate in being employed ***** ***** company that ***** so accommodating ***** my educational goals. I have absolutely no reason ***** ***** finish. Again, if ***** look ***** my transcripts, ***** will see I have completed 2 dissertation courses satisfactorily.

Presently, I am on Milestone 8 (Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my first two chapters). Therefore, I have Milestones 8-16 ***** complete, which includes: Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my Chapters 1&2 (Milestone 8), Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my full dissertation (Milestone 9), my committee’s approval ***** the dissertation (Milestones 10 & 11), the University’s Doctoral Publications’ approval (Milestone 12), my defense call (Milestone 13), Dr. Larson’s final approval ***** the work (Milestone 14), publishing the work ***** ProQuest (Milestone 15), ***** the dean’s final approval (Milestone 16). During my next active quarter ***** enrollment, I intend ***** submit my first two chapters ***** Dr. Larson ***** ***** continue my data analysis. Realistically, I expect Dr. Larson will have feedback ***** I will need time ***** make further revisions ***** the first two chapters, but in this first quarter, I intend ***** complete Milestone 8, my data analysis, ***** ***** early draft ***** my final chapters (3-5). The following quarter, I will assemble the full manuscript ***** begin negotiating Dr. Larson’s ***** the committee’s full approval ***** the work. Here too, I would reasonably expect that both Dr. Larson ***** the committee will have revisions noted ***** I will need time ***** implement those changes but will work ***** complete Milestone 9 ***** potentially 10 & 11 (10 & 11 now represent ***** single requirement). If successful in negotiating my committee’s approval, I believe I will be positioned ***** finish the remaining milestones, 12-16, during ***** third quarter. Here too, I am anticipating that both the Doctoral Publications review ***** the Dean’s review may yield further changes ***** ***** need for revisions.

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2021 7:40 AM
*****: Christopher Worthington
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached

Good morning!

***** ***** do so. I’ll try ***** review this morning. Back soon!

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Direct: 612-977-5874.
Fax: 612-977-5060.
Email: Jonathan.Gehrz@capella.edu
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
www.capella.edu

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From: Christopher Worthington
Sent: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:42 PM
*****: doctoralsuccessprogram
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached
Importance: High

Good Evening Dr. Gehrz,

I hope all ***** well. I am attaching my ***** for your review before I submit it. Please let me know if there are any changes I need ***** make.

Thank ***** in advance for your attention ***** assistance in this matter.

Very Respectfully,

Christopher

From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Friday, October 1, 2021 2:55 PM
*****: ******@*****.***
Cc: doctoralsuccessprogram ; Larson, Mark
Subject: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington

Dear Christopher

We regret ***** inform ***** that ***** are being administrativel***-***-****from your doctoral program for failure ***** complete your degree program within the allowed timeframe. Please see the enclosed letter for specific details ***** your options.

If ***** have questions, concerns, or wish ***** discuss your options, please contact DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu.

Sincerely,

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Phone: 888.227.3552
Fax: 612.977.5060
Email: DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:46 PM
*****: Christopher Worthington
Cc: Larson, Mark
Subject: *****: Inquiry on *****

Good morning!

I’ve ***** received ***** decision notification yet, but I have ***** meeting with the president’s designee (individual who performs the review) on ***** different matter later this afternoon. I’ll see if I can secure ***** update from her on where she stands with the review.

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD

Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Direct: 612-977-5874.
Fax: 612-977-5060.
Email: Jonathan.Gehrz@capella.edu
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
www.capella.edu

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From: Christopher Worthington
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:48 AM
*****: doctoralsuccessprogram
Cc: Larson, Mark
Subject: Inquiry on *****

Good Afternoon Dr. Gehrz,

I hope this email finds ***** in great health ***** sound well-being. I am emailing ***** because I am inquiring about my *****. It has been 6 weeks ***** I still have ***** heard anything. Do ***** know if ***** decision has been made on my *****? Please let me know ***** your earliest convenience if ***** decision has been made.

Thanks in advance for your time ***** attention in this matter. Have ***** ***** Thanksgiving!

Very Respectfully,

Christopher

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Friday, October 8, 2021 7:42 AM
*****: Christopher Worthington
Subject: *****: Intent ***** ***** Administrative Withdrawal

Good morning!

Thank *****. I will file the ***** this morning. If ***** have any questions moving ahead, please *****’t hesitate ***** reach out. Have ***** lovely weekend!

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Direct: 612-977-5874.
Fax: 612-977-5060.
Email: Jonathan.Gehrz@capella.edu
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
www.capella.edu

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From: Christopher Worthington
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2021 7:17 PM
*****: doctoralsuccessprogram
Subject: Intent ***** ***** Administrative Withdrawal
Importance: High

Greetings,

I have attached my Letter ***** Intent ***** ***** my Administrative Withdrawal from my program. Thank ***** in advance for your assistance.

Very Respectfully,

Christopher Worthington

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2021 4:35 PM
*****: Christopher Worthington
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached

***** few minor changes needed:

Select all your text ***** convert ***** ***** single text font throughout (changed ***** Calibri with your additions).
Between Event #1 ***** #2, there ***** ***** unintended page break. *****’ll want ***** delete that ***** keep the text together.
In your plan for completion, I would move the final sentences ***** your second paragraph ***** the first, so that the first paragraph affirms that ***** have IRB approval, have completed your data collection, have ***** draft ***** your first two chapters completed, have begun your analysis ***** outlining your chapters 3-5. Keep all that information together v. spread across the two paragraphs.

The second paragraph then, I would suggest going further with articulating your plan. Consider:
Presently, I am on Milestone 8 (Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my first two chapters). Therefore, I have Milestones 8-16 ***** complete, which includes: Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my Chapters 1&2 (Milestone 8), Dr. Larson’s approval ***** my full dissertation (Milestone 9), my committee’s approval ***** the dissertation (Milestones 10&11), the University’s Doctoral Publications’ approval (Milestone 12), my defense call (Milestone 13), Dr. Larson’s final approval ***** the work (Milestone 14), publishing the work ***** ProQuest (Milestone 15), ***** the dean’s final approval (Milestone 16).

During my next active quarter ***** enrollment, I intend ***** submit my first two chapters ***** Dr. Larson ***** ***** continue my data analysis. Realistically, I expect Dr. Larson will have feedback ***** I will need time ***** make further revisions ***** the first two chapters, but in this first quarter, I intend ***** complete Milestone 8, my data analysis, ***** ***** early draft ***** my final chapters (3-5).
The following quarter, I will assemble the full manuscript ***** begin negotiating Dr. Larson’s ***** the committee’s full approval ***** the work. Here too, I would reasonably expect that both Dr. Larson ***** the committee will have revisions noted ***** I will need time ***** implement those changes, but will work ***** complete Milestone 9 ***** potentially 10&11 (10&11 now represent ***** single requirement).

If successful in negotiating my committee’s approval, I believe I will be positioned ***** finish the remaining milestones, 12-16, during ***** third quarter. Here too, I am anticipating that both the Doctoral Publications review ***** the Dean’s review may yield further changes ***** ***** need for revisions.

***** are welcome ***** amend ***** your own voice, Christopher, but it’s that level ***** detail that I think ***** want ***** capture in articulating your plan for completing the degree.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Direct: 612-977-5874.
Fax: 612-977-5060.
Email: Jonathan.Gehrz@capella.edu
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
www.capella.edu

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From: Christopher Worthington
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2021 3:13 PM
*****: doctoralsuccessprogram
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached

Good Evening Dr. Gehrz,

Thank ***** for responding. I have made the changes ***** suggested. Can ***** look again ***** be sure I have included everything I need?

Thanks,

Christopher

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2021 8:44 AM
*****: Christopher Worthington
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached

Morning!

Christopher, I’ve completed my review ***** your statement ***** have ***** few minor recommendations. Please feel free ***** accept/reject any comments as ***** find helpful. It’s most important that the ***** reflect your position ***** truly, no offense taken if ***** reject any or all feedback offered. For your consideration:

I recommend removing Dr. Welzant from your salutation. Appeals ***** this sort are actually reviewed ***** the university-level only, ***** ***** the dean or School ***** Public Service & Education. The president’s designee ***** the most appropriate salutation.

In your opening paragraph, it may feel like ***** obvious statement, but I would affirm that ***** are appealing your withdrawal as ***** result ***** the University’s maximum time ***** degree policy. There are many policies that can lead ***** withdrawal ***** I find setting the context helpful ***** affirming that ***** are indeed exercising ***** option provided for ***** the University.

I appreciate the external insight ***** are providing ***** help provide context ***** the events that have made ***** who ***** are today, Christopher, but I think it important that we ***** lose sight ***** the fact that the review ***** reviewing the extenuating circumstances that contributed ***** your ***** finishing your doctoral degree in ***** timely manner. Consider, it’s ***** till mid-page 2 that ***** actually refer ***** your doctoral program enrollment. Perhaps elaborating on your statement, “…I see my PhD as being ***** good way ***** tell my story…” How did these life events contribute ***** the decision ***** pursue the PhD? I think that would help ***** make more explicit why this information ***** actually relevant ***** your *****, yes?

As ***** proceed ***** discuss events that have occurred while enrolled in your program, beginning with your mother’s passing, be sure ***** integrate ***** reference your program position. In October 2017, for example, ***** were enrolled ***** completing your first residency. Following the Fall 2017 quarter, it looks like ***** took two quarters off. ***** good example ***** how your time ***** degree extended further, perhaps as ***** result ***** your need ***** take time ***** bury your mother.

Similarly, as *****’***** discussing your son’s surgeries, be sure ***** make the connection ***** how that impacted your program enrollment. Over the past four years, there are quarters where ***** took off. Or ***** could discuss the impact that had on your initial attempt ***** the comps exam or progress into the dissertation. In appeals, I find reflection ***** be ***** powerful tool. Perhaps in looking back on what ***** have endured, Christopher, ***** see that there were other options that ***** didn’t pursue ***** the time that ***** perhaps should have considered earlier?

In discussing COVID impacts ***** your job loss, ***** might also reference that Fall 2020 was your first quarter in dissertation. As above, important ***** make the connection ***** how the circumstances impacted your progression in the program.

In discussing your realistic plan for completing your degree, ***** reference ***** have completed two dissertation quarters. ***** my count, Christopher, Summer represented your fourth quarter in dissertation.

In your initial “realistic plan” paragraph, I would suggest keeping the focus solely on the plan ***** finish. The first paragraph strays from that. Your second paragraph ***** ***** much stronger start ***** this section. *****’ve affirmed your current position with the research itself, but keep in mind, your audience may ***** be familiar with what ***** are proposing in your research. In completing your interviews, are ***** saying ***** have completed your data collection? If so, I would state as much. But perhaps comment further on what ***** have written as well. Have ***** begun writing any ***** your dissertation chapters?

Perhaps most important comment I am offering, Christopher, but in asking for ***** additional 6-8 months, ***** need ***** need develop that plan fully. How are ***** arriving ***** that timeframe? That may well be true, but ***** need ***** articulate your plan for finishing Milestones 8-16. 6-8 months ***** basically 2-3 quarters. Elaborate further on your plans for finishing your transcription ***** data analysis, drafting your manuscript, ***** negotiating the final reviews/approvals ***** the work. Similar ***** developing ***** Plan ***** Action ***** the start ***** each quarter, your plan should be SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, results-driven, ***** time-bound). Be sure the plan factors in time for reviews ***** revision work, as well as your plans for future engagement with your mentor ***** committee. If ***** have any questions about the final requirements ***** your program or are uncertain about your plan, ***** ***** help here. But the plan ***** ***** big piece ***** securing approval ***** the *****. Without, the odds are quite high the president designee would ***** approve your *****, so be sure this piece ***** fully developed.

I hope this helps, Christopher. If ***** have any questions, if I can clarify any ***** my feedback further, or be ***** any assistance, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Direct: 612-977-5874.
Fax: 612-977-5060.
Email: Jonathan.Gehrz@capella.edu
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
www.capella.edu

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From: Christopher Worthington
Sent: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:42 PM
*****: doctoralsuccessprogram
Subject: *****: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington–***** attached
Importance: High

Good Evening Dr. Gehrz,

I hope all ***** well. I am attaching my ***** for your review before I submit it. Please let me know if there are any changes I need ***** make.

Thank ***** in advance for your attention ***** assistance in this matter.

Very Respectfully,

Christopher

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From: doctoralsuccessprogram
Sent: Friday, October 1, 2021 2:55 PM
*****: ******@*****.***
Cc: doctoralsuccessprogram ; Larson, Mark
Subject: Notice ***** Administrative Withdrawal – Christopher Worthington

Dear Christopher

We regret ***** inform ***** that ***** are being administrativel***-***-****from your doctoral program for failure ***** complete your degree program within the allowed timeframe. Please see the enclosed letter for specific details ***** your options.

If ***** have questions, concerns, or wish ***** discuss your options, please contact DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu.

Sincerely,

Jonathan *****. Gehrz, EdD
Manager, Center for Learner Academic Performance
Phone: 888.227.3552
Fax: 612.977.5060
Email: DoctoralSuccessProgram@Capella.edu

What would ***** like the company ***** do ***** fix the problem?

Be allowed ***** complete my PhD program. I have only about 4-6 months

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