Strategies to Grow and Expand a Nonprofit Business

Comprehensive exam Due Aug 10 by 11:59pm

 

  • Points 300

 

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Action Items

  1. Submit the completed first draft of your assignment. Your work will automatically be checked by Turnitin. 
  2. Access your Turnitin report by reviewing your Submission Details for this assignment. Please review the Turnitin Similarity Report to ensure the highlighted areas in the report are appropriately paraphrased or quoted. The percentage provided by Turnitin should not be your focus; rather, we recommend the following considerations for utilizing the Similarity Report to edit your writing:
  3. Check that you have not included prior writing verbatim without further writing development. It makes sense that you would draw upon prior writing, but you should not include long passages of verbatim prior writing.  
  4. Cite paraphrased work from your prior courses (for more information on this, please see the descriptions of Self-Plagiarism in the APA Manual). Again, you should be adding significantly to the paraphrased portions of your prior work.  
  5. By the due date indicated, re-submit the final version of your work. 

Rubric

Revised Rubric for CE Q1

Revised Rubric for CE Q1
Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvidence of Discipline Knowledge & Integration of Theory and Practice

One or two leading theorists and their research as well as their impact on the student’s proposed study are clearly described in depth. Underpinning theories to support the proposed study are well explained and cited. Research abilities are clearly demonstrated. Overall Turnitin score, excluding quotes, citations and references is an acceptable match and student has less than 10% of previous personally written content in the response.

100 to >94.9 pts

Exemplary

Response demonstrates a deep understanding of a narrow (one to two) selection of theories. Includes substantial, well-chosen evidence to describe the foundations in full and exposits the significance of these theories. The response rarely includes previously personally-written content. Overall Turnitin score, excluding quotes, citations and references is an acceptable match.

94.9 to >89.9 pts

Competent

Response demonstrates sufficient and appropriate understanding and contextualizes a narrow selection of theories. There is description of the foundations and the significance of these theories is made clear through the discussion. The response includes minimal previously personally-written content. Overall Turnitin score, excluding quotes, citations and references is an acceptable match.

89.9 to >83.9 pts

Developing

Response demonstrates an understanding and provides context for a narrow selection of theories, but the response could be more integrated. There is description of the foundations and discussion of the significance of these theories. The response includes minimal previously personally-written content. Overall Turnitin score, excluding quotes, citations and references is an acceptable match.

83.9 to >74.9 pts

Poor

Response demonstrates limited understanding of a selection of theories through narrative or anecdotal evidence. Or, the response is in need of stronger integration to understand the significance of the theories. Or, the response includes more than miminal previously personally-written content. Overall Turnitin score, excluding quotes, citations and references is an acceptable match.

74.9 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Response includes little or no evidence cited to support responses. Or, the response includes significant previously personally-written content. The Turnitin score does not meet acceptable standards.

100 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of Writing

Writing demonstrated doctoral level scholarship and quality. Writing is concise and clear. Organization of paragraphs enhances readability. Sentences within paragraph all build upon or relate to a single issue. Good lead-in sentence for each paragraph. Good transition between paragraphs.

100 to >94.9 pts

Exemplary

The writing demonstrates precise diction, syntactic variety, and a clear command of standard English in support of communicating the ideas represented. The response contains appropriate, clear, and adequate transitions between sentences and paragraphs to build a strong and compelling academic argument.

94.9 to >89.9 pts

Competent

The writing demonstrates apt diction, syntactic variety, and a command of standard English in support of communicating the ideas represented. The response contains distinct units of thought in paragraphs, coherently arranged to build a strong academic argument.

89.9 to >83.9 pts

Developing

The writing demonstrates acceptable and appropriate diction and syntax, and a command of standard English. The writing mechanics are developing, but the needed revisions do not detract from the overall communication of ideas. The response builds an academic argument.

83.9 to >74.9 pts

Poor

The writing is in need of major and/or many revisions in diction and syntax to communicate the ideas represented. The response needs to be more organized to support a clear academic argument.

74.9 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

The writing is in need of major and many revisions in diction and syntax to communicate the ideas represented. The academic argument is difficult to ascertain due to the quality of writing.

100 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOverall analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of questions

Responses demonstrate analysis, synthesis, integration, and interpretation of questions with appropriate depth and critical thinking and are aligned with the respective doctoral program outcomes. Responses abundantly cite scholarly work through citations and references; at least 60% of references are from relevant peer-reviewed literature published in the last ten years. APA 7 style guidelines are followed, including writing in third person.

100 to >94.9 pts

Exemplary

The response incorporates specific, defendable, and complex claims with strong supporting evidence. The topics discussed are aligned with the respective doctoral program learning outcomes. Doctoral-level critical thinking is demonstrated through the integration of a diverse set of multiple perspectives building academic arguments for a broad range of nuanced possibilities and limitations.

94.9 to >89.9 pts

Competent

The response incorporates defendable claims with a narrowed focus and strong supporting evidence. The topics discussed are aligned with the respective doctoral program learning outcomes. Doctoral-level critical thinking is demonstrated through the integration of multiple perspectives building academic arguments for a broad range of possibilities and limitations.

89.9 to >83.9 pts

Developing

The response incorporates claims and supporting evidence. The topics discussed are aligned with the respective doctoral program learning outcomes. Doctoral-level critical thinking is developing through the inclusion of varied perspectives building academic arguments for a range of possibilities and limitations.

83.9 to >74.9 pts

Poor

The response includes claims without supporting evidence, or evidence without a clear claim to support. Or, the topics discussed are not aligned with the respective doctoral program learning outcomes. The perspectives shared are limited with little discussion about possibilities and limitations.

74.9 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

There are few to no claims and evidence included. The topics discussed are not aligned with the respective doctoral program learning outcomes. There are few to no perspectives shared.

100 pts
Total Points: 300

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Strategies to Grow and Expand a Nonprofit Business

Comprehensive Exam Questions

Purpose

To demonstrate satisfactory completion of the comprehensive exam and mastery of program outcomes covered in various courses in the program of study.

Overview

The comprehensive exam is the threshold for doctoral students as they transition to doctoral candidacy. The comprehensive exams are designed to assess student preparation for their dissertation work through their written analyses, syntheses, integration and interpretations of the exam questions. Students are expected to perform at the doctoral candidacy level to pass the comprehensive exams. Responses to the comprehensive exam questions should communicate complex ideas with clarity and be grounded in a strong command of scholarly work in the field. Responses should demonstrate expertise in writing quality, research integrity and ethics, and discipline-knowledge. Students are provided feedback to help them move forward with their dissertation work.

You have one module to complete all examination questions provided to you in the course website. The exam is comprised of three questions, one from your program content area, one from a research ethics perspective and one from a research related area. You are required to observe utmost academic integrity while taking the exam (see academic policies found in the syllabus section of the course). Note that you are required to submit your written responses to Turnitin (which is integrated into the “A” Response assignment for each of the three questions) before final submission for grading. Ensure that you budget your time well so you are able to complete all the questions.

Completion of Exam

Complete all the exam questions provided to you. Ensure that you:

  • Answer all questions as thoroughly as possible.
  • Cite any attributions used in your responses following APA.
  • Submit your written responses to Turnitin before final submission for grading.
  • Do this by submitting each question to the appropriate “A” Response assignment and reviewing the feedback from Turnitin.
  • Revise your responses as necessary following feedback from Turnitin.

Submission Instructions

  • By the due date indicated, submit your work for grading.

Grading

Each question is graded on a standalone basis. To successfully complete the comprehensive exam, each student must pass each of the three questions. Each student’s performance will be scored in these categories: Question 1 – Evidence of Discipline Knowledge & Integration of Theory and Practice, Question 2 – Research and Ethics, Question 3 – Literature Review & Research Abilities. In addition to these specific points, all questions will be graded on Quality of Writing and Overall analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of questions. The grading for each criterion will be based on a 100 point scale (95-100 = Exemplary, 90-94 = Competent, 84-89 = Developing, 75-83 = Poor, 0-75 = Unacceptable).  Passing scores for each question, considering all three criteria, will be 84%.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss with their committee chair and/or committee members about their expectations and content-specific grading criteria for the exams in advance.

 

 
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