Student Spotlights

Benga Agbelemose

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"The richness of the program and the diversity and collaboration within my cohort have been the most surprising. The support of the staff and faculty in the program make it clear that they want students to succeed, and the resources available to us have also been exceptional."

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Melinda Clark

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"I am surprised by the sense of community created in the classroom. The asynchronous model really works! I am connected to my classmates and have developed relationships with them. I also feel very connected to USC. I have only been on campus two times yet I am a Trojan!"

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Shindale Seale

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"With both a PhD and EdD, there’s an enormous amount of research and rigor, but I chose the EdD OCL program because I am able to apply all of the research and data to my own professional environment. This allows me to drive much-needed change in my organization, as well as the organizations for which I provide consultant services."

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Lauren Sullivan

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"As a senior director of an office of student affairs, I realize now more than ever that the complexities of leading and managing effectively in a university setting require an advanced education. […] It is vital for me to use evidence-based decision making and create a culture of competency, satisfaction and inclusion. I want to develop my knowledge of how to translate theory into practice and my ability to do so in order to improve organizational outcomes for my department and the institution."

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Brett M. Decker

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"I spent a few years considering doctoral programs at other first-rate universities but pulled the trigger here because of USC's relentless institutional pursuit of excellence and the profound seriousness I felt from everyone at Rossier. It was clear that this is a place committed to doing novel things to stay ahead of the global curve and help its students be prepared to confront the unknowns of a rapidly changing world."

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Fredrica Piphus Singletary

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

"I chose an online program because I wanted a program that would not penalize me for working full-time but would instead promote the application of course knowledge in my workplace. While this program is […] online, the level of interaction between faculty and students has created a unique learning experience where I am able to glean information and insights from the diverse perspectives of my cohorts who are living anywhere from Los Angeles to Boston to Abu Dhabi."

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