2008 Ecampus Graduates

Robert Fuller - Validating Ability

Ed.D. Education
San Diego, CA

Robert Fuller

What does completing your degree mean to you? How do you feel it will improve your life and career?
Completing my doctorate has been an enormous learning experience, and I am so happy to finally be finished. As a leader in higher education, having an earned doctorate is very important to help validate my professional credibility, with both faculty and staff. It opens so many doors that would otherwise be closed in my chosen profession.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
This is my second attempt at completing a doctorate, and it would not have been possible to finish my degree without OSU Extended Campus. Having the distance learning option meant I could keep my job and not have to uproot my family in order to complete my degree. I enjoyed the support I got from the great folks at Extended Campus, particularly since I live over 1,000 miles away.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?

My major professor, Dr. Darlene Russ-Eft in the College of Education, urged me to use the distance learning format to keep moving forward toward my degree completion. Because of the distance option, I have only had to make four trips to campus in my whole program. The Ecampus folks kept me straight with the Graduate School, and helped me find my way to the right people on campus. I felt like the entire Extended Campus staff acted as my advocate on campus!

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
It is important to own your own credentials. Now I will be able to serve as a university principal investigator, allowing us to add more resources to the program by adding to our research agenda.

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