Formal Statement Of Goals - Wanda D. Long

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FORMAL STATEMENT OF GOALS – WANDA D. LONG 1

My siblings and I grew up in a home where there was a strong emphasis on education. Both of my parents are college graduates. The reason why I have decided to apply to the Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development Ph.D. program, at the University of Louisville’s College Education and Human Development is my desire to further my education. I have always enjoyed learning and I aspire to work in a research based leadership role that is responsible for facilitating the success of an operation within an institution of higher education. However, now I wonder where the time has
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Looking back, I am actually proud that I returned to school last semester, as well as how I ended up doing in the class.

Although I found juggling work and raising a family challenging, I have been fortunate to have jobs that have allowed me to work in a self-sufficient manner. This certainly has allowed me to balance responsibilities both at home caring for my family, and ensuring that my responsibilities at work were accomplished. The majority of my work experience has been in higher education, I have had the opportunity to work at a small, private, liberal arts college; a historically black college and university (HBCU); and a four-year, public institution. When I worked at the HBCU, I had a daily two-hour commute. During my drive, I would listen to audio books on tape. The time I spent doing this resulted in me listening to over 200 audio books. My favorite books were mysteries and crime fiction. Each day, I looked forward to my commute so that I could resume listening to so many great stories. This was such a rewarding experience, and it made the long commute to work and back home much shorter. Nevertheless, once I arrived at work or home, it was back to reality.

Throughout my career, my job duties and responsibilities have been in the areas of administration, business, and finance. In addition, I have served at various levels of administration in higher education. The senior executive level management experience permitted
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