Real Student Stories: Jeanne Harris-Caldwell

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a graduate student at Brandman University? Get an inside perspective from Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, a full-time mother of seven and leader in a large health care organization who is pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership.

Like many adult students, Harris-Caldwell is pursuing her degree with the motivation to Move Up both personally and professionally. Brandman’s Ed.D. program employs a unique form of blended learning that incorporates online instruction with periodic immersion sessions. This flexibility along with the confidence of knowing Brandman is a private, nonprofit university, gave her the value she was looking for in achieving a quality education.


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VO:  My name is Jeanne Harris-Caldwell and I enrolled in Brandman’s Ed.D program for organizational leadership.

VO:  I am a mother of seven children. I have a very active life, I also work full time, and I am the director of a large healthcare system. And so for me, having balance is really important, and at the same time I am a perfectionist and I need to do everything really well. I pursued my Ed.D strictly because I felt that it was a perfect opportunity in my career to be a better leader; I have been leading organizations for 25 years.

VO:  I looked at a lot of Universities, I looked at about ten different programs, and one of the things that was important to me was the non-profit status because I felt that the non-profit was more about the education, and not about making profit and that was important to me. I wanted to be a student that walked away with an education, and I didn’t want to be just a number in someone’s system.

VO:  Education is the way to get ahead, at least that’s the way I’ve been brought up and that’s my philosophy. If you want something in life, no matter what it is, if you become educated about it, its obtainable.