Pat Ryan has been a mentor to me and he has been and will always be an inspiration to me. May God bless you and shower you with happiness, and fill your retirement with love, laughter and good health. Pat you will
be missed. Vanessa Underwood
I attended last Thursday’s “Boot Camp” and was relieved/elated to first meet others who too were in the same “boat” as I, and struggling to narrow their research.
Both Kenya and Pat were open for discussion and guidance - this was valuable class time of AP structure, ideas (samples of other students completed papers) etc.
I believe Kenya stated to the class on Thursday that of the students enrolled in AP the success rate (completion of paper) is only about 60%. WOW, a bit alarming knowing that 100% who enroll in Advanced Project have already completed all other competencies with the exception of Summit Seminar. A measure that these students are capable of managing their academic path and completing AP but why 40% who do not complete.
Early on in my path at DePaul, the Library was introduced as a valuable resource for empirical data and citation guidelines as well as taking advantage of the opportunities at the Writing Center. . Many students know right out of the “gate” what their focus content will encompass and hit the finish line without any major delays. However, other students, maybe to the 40% who don’t finish, need some additional face-to-face structured class time of examples of other completed papers, and guidance of staying focused when review of literature can often lead research other directions.
I feel this Boot Camp is just as valuable and should be incorporated as part of a class time at the beginning of a session/quarter (and throughout the year as needed) similar to that of the Library and the Writing Center introductions.