Letter of Experience at AIU
In Summary, to be successful in this self-directed program the student must be self-motivated, tenacious, creative and somewhat ingenious to discover the intricacies within the AIU experience.
To be clear, this is an APLLIED doctorate. If the student is young and intends this degree to open doors into academia or traditional roles for those with doctorates, this is not the course to pursue. This degree is designed for those with work experience and expertise and those who wish to underscore their previous contributions/accomplishments to the profession.
That said, the approach to academics at AIU is philosophical and global with an emphasis on the application of educational endeavors to work life in the current environment.
There is minimal supervision or guidance, the student is required to apply their own level of individuality and ingenuity to accomplish tasks and assignments. From discerning how to upload assignments to asking questions to their advisor, there are few directions and what directions exist are vague at the best. It is truly a test of innovation and tenacity to graduate. Even the graduation process is convoluted and there is minimal information available and connecting with a live person is difficult.
The most inspiring aspect of the applied doctoral process is segment where the student is required to collate their professional experiences and accomplishments. It is amazing what we take for granted until all information is united in one place for review.
All in all, although not easy to navigate and at times frustrating, the applied doctorate at AIU is a wonderful niche availed to those who wish to enhance their prior accomplishments.