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The National Graduate School of Quality ManagementNGS/U

Orientation for Incoming Students

All materials presented within the “Orientation for Incoming Students” is also contained within the Student Handbook. The following set of slides highlight some key points that every new student should know. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional clarification and official policy statements.

topics to be addressed
Topics to be Addressed
  • NGS/U Accreditation
  • Academic Tenets & Assessment
  • Student Responsibilities
  • General NGS/U Policies and Procedures
  • Financial Aid
  • Additional Resources and Information
  • The Doctor of Business Administration Program
regionally accredited nationally recognized
Regionally AccreditedNationally Recognized

By the

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C)

through its

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)

209 Burlington Road

Bedford, MA 01730-1433


tenets of the ngs u learning community
Tenets of the NGS/U Learning Community
  • The institution achieves its academic goals through the commitment and performance of its faculty and students
  • NGS/U promotes a learning environment that encourages
    • a cooperative spirit and teamwork
    • respect for diversity and inclusiveness of people and their ideas
    • intellectual curiosity and inquiry
    • tangible and quantifiable outcomes for the customer
    • concern for the customer’s goals, needs, and expectations
    • continual learning and measurable improvements
    • a balance between theory and practice
    • sharing real-life experiences while adhering to the highest standards of confidentiality and ethical behavior
assessment instruments
Assessment Instruments
  • Assessment of educational outcomes is conducted at the course level, the semester level, and by the overall effectiveness of the DBA Curriculum
    • Faculty assess individual and team outcomes against educational objectives in each course
    • The Dissertation Project Supervisor and the faculty conduct Juried Reviews and assess student application of theory learned, semester-by-semester, for each doctoral dissertation project
    • Overall program effectiveness is evaluated by analysis of the student Dissertation Project, wherein results are validated by sponsors
    • The NGS/U administration assesses the results of the Program by monitoring cost savings achieved at sponsoring organizations; student promotions or advancements directly attributed to the attainment of the degree; and via surveys
student responsibilities9
Student Responsibilities
  • Honor all NGS/U academic tenets
  • Read the NGS/U Student Handbook
  • Download all course materials from Blackboard
  • Purchase required books and supplemental instructional aids as described in each course syllabus
  • Complete all assignments in a timely and professional manner
  • Report anticipated absences to NGS/U faculty
student responsibilities10
Student Responsibilities
  • Confer with faculty on manner in which to make-up any missed course work or class-time as a result of deployment
  • Seek academic counseling from faculty at the first sign of a problem that will affect individual performance
  • Follow-up with faculty to remediate incomplete grades within the required time frame
  • Meet all program requirements
advance absence notification
Advance Absence Notification

Due to temporary duty, deployment, long-term illness, disability or extraordinary hardship

you must take the following Proactive steps:

  • Send written notification to faculty and
    • making appropriate coordination for course completion
  • Coordinate make-up work and a timeline for submission
  • Submit assignments within the timeframe established by the Professor or course syllabus
  • Request an academic plan to meet course requirements and the specific terms outlined in the academic plan
    • for more than one course, contact
  • While absent, maintain communication with your Professor, Dissertation Project Supervisor and team members
    • continue to contribute to team presentations by providing input
    • keep documentation and logs of all progress input
  • Upon return, provide proper notification and reconnect with your team
classroom etiquette
Classroom Etiquette
  • Follow all rules of military installations and civilian facilities
  • Be punctual
  • Do not use tape recorders without permission from faculty and consensus from class members
  • Adjust communications equipment to “vibrate” mode
  • Avoid disruptive class behaviors
  • Do not perform other work while class is in session
  • Return classroom to previous condition
admissions requirements
Admissions Requirements

Stated in the Student Handbook (Section 5)

NGS/U must receive by the end of Course One:

  • Official Master’s Degree transcript
    • Contact your college
    • Have your transcript sent directly to NGS/U
    • If your undergraduate degree is from outside of USA, you must submit a transcript request to The Center for Educational Documentation
      • Log into your Application account for the address & downloadable form
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Reference letter forms are available
      • Log into your Application account for the downloadable Form

Have both sent to:

Keeper of Records

The National Graduate School

186 Jones Road

Falmouth, MA 02540

student council representative
Student Council Representative
  • Chosen before or during course one
  • Primary liaison between the class and NGS/U
  • Assists in program administration and logistics
  • Acts as classroom facility manager (including equipment)
  • Assists with special events (such as graduation planning)

Every Cohort Group will select a class representative:

class cancellation policy
Class Cancellation Policy
  • NGS/U will notify students in a timely fashion if class is cancelled or rescheduled for any reason
  • Notices are sent via email, phone and any other appropriate means to reach the student – by Faculty or other NGS/U employees only
  • Students may call the Inclement Weather and Special Notification Hotline @ 800-838-2580
  • NGS/U makes every attempt to maintain established schedules and reserves the right to make changes to the schedule when necessary
course assessments
Course Assessments
  • Completed at the end of each course
  • Completed anonymously via on-line survey
  • Helps NGS/U identify opportunities for improvement in
    • courses
    • faculty
    • class logistics and facilities
  • Helps instructors improve learning outcomes
  • NGS/U is committed to continuous improvement!

We appreciate your feedback!

student accounts
Student Accounts
  • Bursar’s Office 1-800-838-2580, Extension #509
    • Tuition Assistance (TA) Form submission
    • Corporate Voucher submission
    • Handles all payments and account questions
    • Access your Student Account information online

http://216 206 161 17 to check tuition account balance

student responsibilities20
Student Responsibilities
  • Know your benefits & local Education Services Officer (ESO) policies
  • TA Forms
    • See ESO for approval procedure and send approved

form to NGS Bursar

  • VA – obtain your Certificate of Eligibility
    • NGS/U will provide instructions regarding authorized site codes and NGS/U certifying official
    • Visit
  • Corporate vouchers – Submit to Bursar
ngs u can help you with financial aid we will
NGS/U can help you with Financial Aid!We Will:
  • Tell you what’s available and how to combine resources
  • Provide detailed guidelines to determine your cost of attendance ( )
  • Offer support for “intelligent borrowing”
  • Explain the process for securing loans

Talk to a Financial Aid Counselor or 1-800-838-2580, Ext #509

stafford loans and bank of america private loans
Stafford Loans and Bank of America Private Loans


Or call: 1-800-838-2580, Ext. 509

for more information

Can be used for tuition, fees, books, computers,

and other school expenses!

Remember, loans must be repaid!

the ngs u student handbook
The NGS/U Student Handbook
  • Outlines all policies
  • Can be accessed on-line
  • Log into the NGS/U site at
    • Go to Students/Current Students/Catalog and Current Student Handbook
  • The Student Handbook is also accessible from a link on the Orientation Course Module
  • It is the only source for NGS/U regulations concerning Students Services issues
student id cards
Student ID Cards
  • Student ID’s may get you discounts on books,

computers, etc.

  • Visit
  • Digital photo will be taken by NGS/U staff person at an orientation event held prior to the first class
  • If you miss this event, then email an uploaded picture (head shot of yourself) to:
  • Your NGS/U student ID will be mailed to you or delivered to your class!
the dba degree
The DBA Degree
  • Emphasis on “applied research” versus “pure research”
  • What is the difference?
    • Applied Research: Designed to solve specific “practical problems”
    • Pure Research: Designed to acquire broad “basic” knowledge
the dba degree continued
The DBA Degree~ continued ~
  • Prepares graduates to:
    • Lead & Manage organizational efforts related to the various disciplines {Quality Systems Management; Homeland Security Policy & Quality Management; Environmental Quality Policy & Quality Management}
    • Advance the body of knowledge and best practices
    • Demonstrate measurable improvements in their sponsor organizations
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements
  • Complete 20, 3-credit doctoral courses
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade-point-average
  • Complete a senior-level Dissertation Project with enterprise-wide results
  • Demonstrate understanding through supervised teaching at the graduate level
  • Publish an article or text related to the dissertation project in a recognized and refereed medium
  • Orally present the results of your work during a Doctoral Dissertation Defense
curricula overview
Curricula Overview
  • Divided into four Semesters {“academic gates”} of approximately six months each
  • Formal summative assessment required at end of each “gate” to assure achievement of designated learning
  • DBA Specialization Selection accomplished during First Semester because:
    • Dissertation Project has been designated & proposed
    • Champions and Guiding Coalition have been selected
    • Performance Measurement Agreement has been defined
dba program delivery format
DBA Program Delivery Format
  • Accelerated, low-residence
  • Courses & Dissertation Project completed simultaneously
  • Approximately half of courses completed

“in residence”

  • Remaining courses completed “virtually”

(Substantive Internet access required)

  • NGS/U “cluster sites” located nationally and internationally
dissertation project requirements
Dissertation Project Requirements
  • Completed on an Individual Basis, each must include and/or address:
    • Organizational sponsorship
    • A Senior-level Champion, pre-approved by the NGS/U Faculty
    • Explicit links to organizational value stream, priorities and/or enterprise-wide objectives
dissertation project requirements continued
Dissertation Project RequirementsContinued
  • Performance measures jointly pre-approved by the organizational Champion and NGS/U Faculty
  • A schedule for in-progress reviews by the Candidate, Champion and Faculty
  • Significant impact
  • Measurable Financial benefits to the sponsor
electronic coursework submission
Electronic Coursework Submission
  • DBA students will submit assignments and Dissertation Project information into the student learning portal “BlackBoard.” Considered one of the best used in American doctoral programs today, “BlackBoard” allows students to:
  • Electronically enter assignments into the BlackBoard ‘Digital Drop Box’
  • Receive assignments directly from Professors
  • Receive Email messages
  • Chat with peers
additional blackboard resources
Additional “BlackBoard” Resources
  • BlackBoard provides:
    • Access to course materials (syllabi, slides, etc…)
    • Announcements to students
    • The “General Information Course” (training) for All Students
        • Class schedule - date, time, and location of classes
        • Book list (Buy books early. New courses begin every 5 weeks! Recommend you buy books a semester at a time)
        • Additional Links to
          • Financial Aid
          • Student accounts
          • Student Handbook
sensitive proprietary information
Sensitive & Proprietary Information

It is understandable that some Dissertation

Projects will be sensitive in nature. For that

reason, NGS/U has made available a “secure” site in which project information is limited only to the Professors who require access to evaluate student progress toward the completion of degree requirements.

non disclosure agreements nda s
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s)

During the 16-year history of The National Graduate School, the institution has mentored students in the implementation of many highly-sensitive projects. As a result, it is very familiar with NDA’s and will, therefore, require any member of the Administration, Faculty or Staff to provide a signed copy whenever necessary to protect the confidentiality of proprietary information associated with any Doctoral Dissertation project

student support teams
Student Support Teams
  • Dissertation Projects implemented in most accredited doctoral programs across the nation are completed individually, therefore the same will occur at NGS/U.
  • Students will, however, be assigned to “Support Teams” in which they will benefit from personal and professional collegiality, academic support, as well as opportunities to apply and test the principles of “team dynamics” in relation to the myriad dissertations projects proposed by their peers.
faculty teams
Faculty Teams
  • NGS/U also employs the “team approach” in its assignment of faculty. As a result, students receive instruction from a vast range of professionals who possess expertise in an array of appropriate, related fields.
  • All courses and dissertations will be taught and examined by:
  • Faculty Content Teams that include subject-matter-experts qualified to teach specific courses
  • Juried Review Teams who review DBA Projects
the doctoral dissertation process
The Doctoral Dissertation Process

~ Intensified “Quick Start” Approach ~

  • In Course 1 - begin to “conceptualize” your prospective dissertation topic
  • No later than Course 3 - finalize selection of a topic and prepare a “Dissertation Problem Statement” as well as “Research Questions”
  • By end of First Semester (Course 4) - prepare and submit a DRAFT of the first three Chapters of your Dissertation
the dissertation process continued
The Dissertation Process- continued -
  • Conduct research while completing coursework
  • Present a “trial” version of your Dissertation Defense to the Doctoral Dissertation Committee during your “Initial Colloquium.”
  • Taking advantage of recommendations from your Dissertation Committee, make any necessary revisions to your document & presentation
  • Present your dissertation during the “Final Colloquium” commonly known as the “Doctoral Dissertation Defense.”
the colloquium ko loke kwe um
The Colloquium{ko-loke-kwe-um}

- A traditional requirement of nearly every accredited doctoral program nationwide.

- Two-part process that requires both “Initial” and “Final” presentations of your Doctoral Dissertation.

- Both “colloquium” and “colloquia” (plural) are common terms, however the former is applied at NGS/U.

- Includes a detailed description of findings specified in your Five Chapter Dissertation DRAFT.

- Presented during Course 19, it serves as a valuable opportunity to receive feedback from the Dissertation Committee as you prepare for the “Final Colloquium” commonly known as the “Doctoral Dissertation Defense.”

doctoral dissertations in general
Doctoral Dissertations – In General
  • Technically, a “manuscript”
  • Several common formats used in the US
  • American Psychological Association Style (APA)
  • Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
  • Chicago Style
  • Turabian (variation of Chicago Style specifically used for student theses and dissertations)
  • American Chemical Society Style (ACS Format)
the ngs u dissertation
The NGS/U Dissertation
  • Written in the Five-Chapter format of the APA Style (Seven-Chapter format written for some Social & Behavioral Science dissertations at other institutions)
  • The Chapters are entitled:

- Introduction

- Review of Related Literature

- Methodology

- Results

- Conclusions and Summary

doctoral candidacy
Doctoral Candidacy
  • A significant academic milestone!
  • “Doctoral Candidate” and “Doctoral Student” are often interchangeably used, however,
  • Doctoral Candidacy is “Official” ONLY following:
  • Approval of Dissertation Project by sponsoring organization and Dissertation Project Supervisor
  • Submission of a Signed Dissertation Project Charter
  • Oral presentation of the Dissertation Project during the “Initial Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium”
  • Maintenance of a 3.0gpa with no outstanding “I” grades
dissertation preparation resources
Dissertation Preparation Resources
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Fifth Edition)

Includes format guidelines and instructions related to dissertation preparation, in general

  • NGS/U Doctoral Dissertation Guide

Provides instructions specific to NGS/U dissertations

  • NGS/U Doctor of Business Administration Programs Reference Manual

Your resource for nearly every other DBA Program issue

dissertation project support
Dissertation Project Support

You will be granted access and a training package during the first Dissertation Project class

research databases
Research Databases
  • NGS/U offers the following to assist doctoral-level researchers acquire the information necessary to complete their dissertations:
  • FirstSearch Online Database
  • ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Databases, Volumes A & B
  • Web-of-Science (Michigan Library Consortium)
  • Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security Digital Library
research databases continued
Research Databases- continued -
  • ERIC
  • ArticleFirst
  • GPO (WorldCat Dissertations & Theses)
  • Clase and Periodica
  • Electronic Collections Online
  • ProceedingsFirst
  • PapersFirst
  • The World Almanac
  • OALster
  • ArchieveGrid

And more

example firstsearch online database
Interactive Online Information system

It includes:


Journal Articles


Computer Software

Other Materials

EXAMPLEFirstSearch Online Database

firstsearch online database
FirstSearch Online Database
  • 1 Access FirstSearch from Blackboard
      • Student Services
  • 2 Click on “FirstSearch Link Database”
firstsearch online database getting started
FirstSearch Online DatabaseGetting Started

  • This is the FirstSearch Home Page. Enter the Authorization # and Password which is located on your Library Guide andlisted below:
  • Login = Pending
  • Password = Pending
firstsearch online database53
FirstSearch Online Database

You can ask FirstSearch to list all the databases that are available for your research.

Or, you can search by topic, or check the recommended databases.

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FirstSearch Online Database

FirstSearch will list the databases so you can choose the one that best fits your criteria.

If you experience any difficulties, please email:

dba specific grading criteria
DBA-Specific Grading Criteria
  • DBA Program students must complete 20 courses to graduate
  • In keeping with NGS/U grading requirements, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout enrollment in the Program
  • A grade of “F” in any course will preclude the award of credit for that course.
  • All “I” grades must be remediated before a student can graduate
  • Only two “C’s” are permitted to remain as “final grades”
grading criteria continued
Grading Criteria - Continued
  • While the Doctoral Dissertation Project will be individually completed, DBA students will occasionally work in Teams during classroom sessions. The following distinct, yet consistent areas are evaluated for grading in each course.
    • Individual and “assigned support team” preparation for class
      • Readings, completion of assignments
    • Individual and team analysis of data
      • Technical accuracy and relevance of analysis
    • Individual and team contribution
      • Advancing knowledge, adding value to customers
    • Individual and team presentations
      • Effective delivery of content, accurate display of visual information
    • Overall class participation
      • Collaboration with classmates, contribution to class discussion, performance in assignments, assimilation and implementation of key concepts
grading criteria matrix
NGS/U uses the letter grade system (A,B,C,F,I,W)

Courses in which grades of “I”, “F” , and “W” are earned cannot be credited toward DBA degree requirements

Grading Criteria Matrix
wishing you success
Wishing You Success
  • Welcome to “The Team”!
  • Make the most of it. It’s a tremendous program!
  • The more you put into it, the more you get back.
  • You will find yourself applying what you learn long after graduation.
  • You will make friends for life
  • Have fun!!!
  • Join the NGS/U Alumni Association after graduation