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Academic Editing

Kathleen Kline has been providing academic editing services for over 30 years, assisting students, authors, and instructors in a number of capacities: from mechanical and grammatical proofreading and APA editing to providing extensive editing services to those with greater needs (e.g., nonnative speakers and students with learning disabilities or other writing difficulties). Kathleen works with some students throughout the entire dissertation-writing process; others, she helps prepare the final draft. She is also available for consultation and writing workshops. Her book, Confessions of a Dissertation Editor: Real-Life Stories and Practice Guidance, is available through or directly from her e-store at

Kathleen is also available for presentations and lectures. For more information, click on the "Presentations" tab above.



The following special rates apply to Argosy University students who only need an approved editor to sign off on their dissertation:

$650 flat fee per 100-page dissertation, including preliminary pages, references, and appendices (prorated based on actual number of pages): proofreading for errors and APA adherence. Please note that this rate is based on the assumption that the dissertation has been approved by the dissertation committee and only requires light proofreading and APA review.

$250 flat fee per 100-page dissertation, including preliminary pages, references, and appendices (prorated based on actual number of pages): a cursory review of dissertation that requires no additional revisions. Please note that this rate is based on the assumption that the dissertation has been approved by the dissertation committee, and the document has already been carefully proofread for errors and APA adherence.


Standard Rates

Dissertation and thesis editing costs are based on per-page estimates, which vary significantly, depending on the needs of the writer. The following chart provides a general guide. Estimates are based on a 1-2 hour review and sample edit of document to be edited.

Technical Editing (using track changes):
readability, flow, organization, academic voice, word choice

20-60 mpp*

APA adherence, grammar, formatting, punctuation

10-20 mpp*

General formatting:
margins, pagination, headings, block quotes, references

1-3 hours

Preparation of preliminary pages:
title page, signature page, acknowledgements, dedication, table of contents, list of tables/figures, abstract

1-3 hours

Producing the final hard copy

1-2 hours

Tables (per table)

10 minutes to 1 hour

*Minutes per page


The Process of Working With an Editor 

There are a number of preliminary steps involved in working with an editor. These steps allow the client to sample the editor’s work before entering into a contractual agreement and also allow the client to get a sense of how the editor can help in the dissertation-writing process. At the same time, before deciding to work with a client, the editor must have a sense of the client’s writing style and level of proficiency, as well as any specific issues with which the client may need assistance.

1.   Review document and submit a sample edit. First, you e-mail Kathleen your document—even if it is not yet ready for editing. Kathleen will spend 1-2 hours editing a few pages using track changes, after which she will return it to you so that you (and your advisor, if appropriate) can review her work. For this service, Kathleen charges $150.00. If you choose to work with her, this cost may be subsumed within the editing cost if no other changes are made to these pages. If you do not decide to work with Kathleen, you will still come away with a good representation of how to improve your dissertation with pointers for correct APA usage.

2.   Estimate based on review. In addition to being an excellent way for you to review Kathleen’s work before you commit and sign a contract with her, this sample edit is also the basis of her contract, as it allows her to make a fairly accurate estimate of the time she would need to do the work. The cost is based primarily on minutes per page (mpp), which depends upon the extent of editing required or desired to produce a high-quality finished product. Additional charges would include formatting and preparing the front pages (per your school’s specifications), including the table of contents and list of tables and figures; providing the overall formatting; editing the reference list; and formatting tables, as well as consultation time.

3.   Proposed contract. Along with the sample edit, Kathleenwill also send you a proposed contract. The primary aspects of the contract are (a) the costs involved broken down into per-page text editing, reference list editing, preparing the front pages, etc.; (b) payment terms; (c) Kathleen’s promise to you to do the best job she possibly can based on her 25+ years of experience; and (d) date of completion.[1]

4.   Cost negotiations, if necessary. If the estimated cost is beyond your budget, you may wish to discuss ways to lower the cost within the scope of the project.[2] Occasionally, Kathleen offers her clients extended payment terms.

Some examples of cost are as follows:

Example 1:

A 50-page dissertation proposal that is in fairly good shape but needs APA editing and a careful proofreading might take 15 minutes per page (mpp; 50 pages x 15 mpp = 750 minutes or 12.5 hours). Additional costs might include initial consultation (1.0 hour), preparing preliminary pages (0.5-1.0 hour), preparing table of contents (0.5-1.5 hours), and editing the reference list (0.5-4.0 hours). Total time: 15.0-20.0 hours @ $85.00/hour = $1,275.00-$1,700.00.

Example 2:

A 100-page completed dissertation that needs textual editing as well as APA formatting might take Kathleen 30 minutes per page (30 mpp x 100 pages = 50.0 hours). Additional time may include initial consultation, preliminary pages, table of contents, reference list, and formatting tables. This may add 3.0-5.0 hours to the total time needed to complete the dissertation, bringing the total to 50.0-55.0 hours. Total time: 50.0-55.0 hours @ $85.00/hour = $4,250.00-$4,675.00.

5.   Meeting. After steps 1-4 have been completed, Kathleen usually meets with her clients in person. This meeting is important for two reasons: First, because of the importance of this document, Kathleen believes it is important to establish a good connection with your editor. Second, it gives her the opportunity to ask you further questions (and for you to ask questions of her) and get a better understanding of your needs and your project. This meeting may also be conducted on the phone or through Skype. 

6.   Payment terms. A 50% retainer is requested at this meeting. The final payment is due when the work has been completed and before Kathleen e-mails the final edited document to you. Kathleen usually receives this payment through PayPal, and once she has been notified that a payment has been made, she then e‑mails the document to you.

7.   Continual availability. Once you receive the document from Kathleen, you should feel free to call or e-mail any questions you might have. In fact, once you have become her client, you should always feel free to call with questions, and unless a substantial amount of time is required, Kathleen will not charge for this time.


[1]  Kathleen also makes two important statements in the contract: (a) her goal is to offer you the highest quality of editing possible; however, at the same time, (b) she cannot guarantee that the edited document will be completely error free or that it will completely satisfy your dissertation committee. You need to carefully read the edited document before turning it in to your committee members.

[2]  This might include a hard-copy edit wherein you input the changes yourself. Another possibility is a sample chapter, after which Kathleen creates a list of specific errors that she notices in your document as well as notes for correct APA usage. In minimizing editing costs, you may also wish to purchase Kathleen’s book, Confessions of a Dissertation Editor: Practical Guidance and Real-Life Stories. The purpose of the first part of the book is to help students identify common errors in APA formatting and academic writing so that they will either be able to go it alone without the need of an editor or need less of her time to create the final document. Kathleen’s book can be purchased through Kathleen’s web site:

TypeNonprofit institution [1][2]
ChancellorCynthia G. Baum, PhD[3]
Studentsca. 60,000 (2017)[2]
LocationUnited States

Argosy University is a system of colleges owned by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), LLC as of November 2017, which had acquired them from Education Management Corporation (EDMC). EDMC had been described by the press and the federal government as a predatory lender to students in its schools for the ten years prior to the sale.[2][4]


The origins of Argosy University trace to three separate institutions: the American School of Professional Psychology, the Medical Institute of Minnesota, and the University of Sarasota.[5][6] In the late 1970s, Michael Markovitz founded the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, which later changed its name to the American School of Professional Psychology. In 1976, Markovitz became the founding chairman of Argosy Education Group,[7][8] which acquired the University of Sarasota in 1992. The University of Sarasota was a business and education-focused school and was founded in 1969.[9][10] Six years later Argosy Education Group acquired the health profession training school the Medical Institute of Minnesota, which was established in 1961.[5][11]

In July 2001, Argosy Education Group was acquired by Education Management Corporation.[12][13] Two months later, Argosy Education Group brought together the American School of Professional Psychology, the Medical Institute of Minnesota, and the University of Sarasota under the Argosy University name.[5][6]

Students of the Argosy University in Dallas filed a Texas lawsuit in 2009 alleging they believed university recruiters inaccurately informed students that the school would soon receive accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The school had not completed accreditation process by the time the students graduated. At the time of the lawsuit, Argosy University Dallas had not applied for APA accreditation. According to a response from Argosy University's parent company, EDMC, accreditation with the APA is not required for clinical psychology licensure in many jurisdictions, including Texas.[14] Argosy officials rejected charges of fraud, noting that pursuit of APA accreditation for the Dallas campus was still underway.[15][16] As of 2013[update], Argosy University in Dallas does not offer any degrees in clinical psychology and is not listed as part of the university's College of Clinical Psychology.[17][18] In December 2013, EDMC agreed to pay about $3.3 million as part of the lawsuit. The settlement did not require EDMC to admit liability.[19]

In May 2010, the PBS program Frontline aired a program about for-profit universities called "College, Inc." which featured Argosy University among others.[16] Later that year, Argosy University was one of 15 schools named in a Government Accountability Office report. The report stated that recruiters at the school were found to have "made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements" when speaking with undercover applicants.[14][20] The GAO later revised its report, with Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) saying the changes made "undermine many of the allegations" in the original report but the head of the GAO maintained that "Nothing changed with the overall message of the report, and nothing changed with any of our findings."[21]

In 2011, Argosy University was investigated by the Florida Attorney General following eight consumer complaints. The school cooperated in the investigation.[22]

In 2012, the law school Western State University College of Law, which was founded in 1966 and originally acquired by Argosy in 2000, was renamed Western State College of Law at Argosy University.[23][24]

In December 2013, EDMC agreed to pay $3.3 million in restitution and fines to settle charges with the Colorado Attorney General that Argosy University had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. The Colorado Attorney General alleged that Argosy University led students to believe that the school was working to get its Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology degrees accredited by the American Psychological Association and that graduates would be eligible to be licensed psychologists in Colorado, when that did not appear to be true. The settlement did not require EDMC to admit liability.[25][26] In January 2016, two of the initial graduates of the Ed.D in Counseling Psychology program at Argosy University, Denver, were admitted to Psychology Licensure Candidate status by the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

In May of 2015, EDMC was planning on closing in The Art Institute of California, Silicon Valley, a branch campus of Argosy University.[27] In November 2015, Argosy's parent company agreed to forgive more than $100 million of student loan debt to settle claims it violated consumer protection laws.[28]

In 2016, Argosy, Seattle stopped taking new students.[29]

In March 2017, Education Management Corporation reported that they intended to sell the Argosy schools to The Dream Foundation, a Los Angeles-based Pentecostal organization.[30][31] The sale faced scrutiny by regulators.[32] The transaction closed in November 2017; EDMC said it would remain in operation to wind down the approximately fifty schools that had stopped accepting new students.[2]

Programs and campuses[edit]

Argosy University offers degrees at the associates, bachelors, master's and doctorate level.[33] Students at Argosy University can attend classes on campus, online or a combination of both.[34]

Accreditation and rankings[edit]

Argosy University was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2011 with its next review in 2018.[35]


External links[edit]

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  2. ^ abcd"EDMC completes sale of schools to Dream Center". Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  3. ^University, Argosy. "Cynthia Baum, Ph.D. Appointed Chancellor of Argosy University". Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  4. ^"EDMC completes sale of assets to Dream Center Foundation". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  5. ^ abcMurphy, H. Lee (14 February 2000). "Stock market turn a lesson for Argosy". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ abSteve Stanek (11 November 2001). "For-profit colleges transform higher education landscape". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^"Why Argosy". Argosy University. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  8. ^"Executive Profile: Michael C. Markovitz, PhD". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^Davis, Lauren (2 July 1990). "University of Sarasota Passes Big Test". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^Bencivenga, Dominic (31 December 1993). "The Souther Association has taken the University of Sarasota off probation". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^Smith, Scott D. (29 December 2002). "Argosy U building new campus". Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^"Company News". The New York Times. 10 July 2001. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  13. ^Modzelewski, Eve (11 July 2001). "Education Management Buys Rival". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  14. ^ abHechinger, John (5 August 2010). "Goldman Schools Students on Debt". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^"Education Management Corporation Letter"(PDF). Frontline. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  16. ^ abSmith, Martin. "College, Inc". DVD Transcript. PBS. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  17. ^"Argosy University, Dallas - Applied Psychology Non-Licensure Programs". Argosy University. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  18. ^"Argosy University Programs - Clinical Psychology". Argosy University. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  19. ^Coyne, Justine (10 December 2013). "EDMC settles suit for $3.3M". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  20. ^de Vise, Daniel; Kane, Paul (5 August 2010). "GAO: 15 for-profit colleges used deceptive recruiting tactics". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  21. ^Anderson, Nick (8 December 2010). "GAO revises its report critical of practices at for-profit schools". The Washington Post. 
  22. ^Travis, Scott (10 February 2011). "For-profit colleges: Everest, Kaplan have highest number of complaints before Florida attorney general". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  23. ^"Western State Argosy University". Argosy University. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  24. ^Gottlieb, Jeff (16 February 2005). "O.C. Law School Gets Accreditation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  25. ^Cotton, Anthony (5 December 2013). "Argosy University Denver fined $3.3 million for deceptive practices". The Denver Post. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  26. ^"Attorney General Suthers Announces Consumer Protection Settlement with Argosy University" (Press release). Colorado Department of Law. 5 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  27. ^"EDMC to close 15 Art Institute locations - Pittsburgh Business Times". 
  28. ^Lobosco, Katie (16 November 2015). "For-profit college must forgive $103 million in student loans". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  29. ^"Argosy University, Seattle". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  30. ^"Large for-profit chain EDMC to be bought by the Dream Center, a missionary group". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  31. ^"Art Institute campuses to be sold to foundation". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  32. ^"In EDMC sale, ties to for-profit education to face scrutiny". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  33. ^"Programs". Argosy University. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  34. ^"Flexible Learning Options". Argosy University. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  35. ^"Statement of Accreditation Status, Argosy University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved June 12, 2016.