Answered By: Judith Jablonski
Last Updated: Dec 28, 2016     Views: 969


The EOP Manual is the short-hand name for the End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies. In the past it has also been referred to as the APUS Thesis Manual and the Capstone Manual. The EOP Manual is used by graduate students and faculty only. There is no undergraduate capstone manual. Students should use the most current version of the EOP Manual.

If you have any questions about the policies or information provided in the EOP Manual, contact GraduateStudies@apus.edu.
 

There are several notable changes or clarifications in the new 2017 EOP Manual.

There are now two EOP Manuals: 1 for graduate students & 1 for program directors and faculty.
 

EOP Student Manual 2017EOP PD-FAC Manual 2017

Both manuals can be downloaded from https://apus.libguides.com/APUS_ePress/EOP_Manual. [APUS login credentials required.]


What's new in the Graduate Student EOP Manual?

  • Capstone Project Proposal: The page length for the proposal has been increased from 5
          pages to 5-10 pages. (This includes the thesis, creative/applied, and practicum &
          critical reflection  projects.)
     
  • Chapter II: Master’s Capstone: Thesis Option: Project objectives have been expanded/clarified.
     
  • Chapter III: Master’s Capstone: Creative/Applied Project: Project objectives have been expanded/clarified.
     
  • Chapter VII: University Declarations and APUS Library Registration includes information on the location of the Writing@APUS pages on the APA, Bluebook, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian style guides.
     
  • Appendix 4: Title Page (Required format for all Capstone Projects.) has a new note appended re: formatting of front matter and use of style guide for document. Note on APA running head added as well.
     
  • Library submissions procedure info has been removed to PD/FAC manual.
     
  • Information on faculty and program director role/responsibility has been removed to PD/FAC manual.
     
  • Links to the library’s Writing@APUS resource have been added.
     
  • “Grades” section added. This brief paragraph
    • clarifies the minimum grade required on comprehensive exam or Capstone paper/project in to graduate
    • states the review and approval criterial for a Passed with distinction (PWD) paper to be included in DigitalCommons@APUS


What's new in the Program Directors/Faculty EOP Manual?

  • Information on faculty and program director role/responsibility now in PD/FAC EOP Manual only.
     
  • Information re: comprehensive exam and capstone projects consolidated into single sections for faculty and program directors, respectively.
     
  • “Grades” section added. This brief paragraph
    • clarifies the minimum grade required on comprehensive exam or capstone paper/project in to graduate
    • states the review and approval criteria for a Passed with distinction (PWD) paper to be included in DigitalCommons@APUS.
       
  • Instructions on APUS Library Submission process now in PD/FAC EOP Manual only.
     
  • Checklist for Capstone Project Submission to the APUS Library (Appendix 17) now in PD/FAC EOP Manual only.  The checklist has also been streamlined for clarity.
     
  • Appendix 4: Title Page (Required format for all Capstone Projects.) has a new note appended re: formatting of front matter and use of style guide for document. Note on APA running head added as well.
     
  • Chapter V: University Declarations and APUS Library Registration includes information on the location of the Writing@APUS pages on the APA, Bluebook, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian style guides.
     
  • APUS Library Submission/Approval Form (To be used by Program Directors & Faculty only.)
     
    • REMOVED: Keywords field. This info was a holdover from pre-2013 submission. We no longer need this metadata. If a project is approved for posting to DigitalCommons@APUS, Library of Congress Subject headings are applied to the record.
       
    • MODIFIED: Program Name field: A drop-down list of programs has been added. This will permit consistent metadata for this field.
       
    • NEW FIELD: Capstone Type: The EOP Manual requires that all Capstone projects be submitted to the APUS Library. This new field—with a drop-down list of types—will allow us keep track of the separate types in our inventory.
       
  • 2016 EOP Passed with Distinction Assessment Rubric is no longer required for library submission packet.