This course is very carefully designed to help you achieve your goals in your doctoral program. In order for this to happen, it is critical that you adhere to the best practices presented in this course.

The following instructions apply to this first week of assignments, and to every week that follows. By adhering to this process every week throughout the course, you can keep on track and achieve your goals.

The capstone process is somewhat like a marathon: It is doable, though it requires effort. People from a great range of backgrounds have successfully completed the race, and you can, too! To be successful requires preparation and discipline. When people fail to train, they typically fail to complete the marathon. Promise yourself now that you will take full advantage of every reading, resource, and activity in this course. Doing so will increase your chances of crossing the finish line!