It has been quite a while since I gave a dissertation update. Well things have been moving along rather nicely over the past few months. I began sending out invitations to Baptist related colleges and universities to participate in my study way back in December. I had to wait until every one came back on campus in January to get any real responses. Since that time, completed surveys have been trickling in slowly but surely.
I had a secondary push to get more schools to participate over the last month. One, last ditch effort to get 10. 10 was my minimum and I was stuck on 7 for months. The result of the final push was I got a few more schools to join in. As of right now, I have 11 schools (with one more agreeing to start, but haven’t completed any surveys yet).
Those schools are:
- Campbellsville University
- Mid-Continent University
- Blue Mountain College
- Bluefield College
- Hannibal LaGrange University
- Howard Payne University
- Baptist University of the Americas
- Soutwest Baptist University
- Brewton-Parker University
- Hardin Simmons University
- William Carey University
- Oklahoma Baptist University (agreed but haven’t started yet)
Even with a few surveys still to be completed, I have entered the statistical analysis phase (Chapter 4 for those who have done a research dissertation). I have four main questions to answer and I am nearly through answering two of those questions statistically.
My goal is to finish analysis in April. Then write Chapters 4 & 5 in May. It should be sent off in the first draft form by May 30. I will hopefully defend my dissertation in July. That is my hope and my goal. I would love to get this thing done before the fall semester begins.