School Improvement Dissertation of the Year Award

Congratulations to the 2018 School Improvement Dissertation of the Year Award recipient, Noralee Edwards!

Noralee Edwards

Her dissertation, "The Relationship between Select Reporting and Operational Practices and Increasing High School Graduation Rates in Georgia", investigated a critical issue and has valuable practical applications in the field of school improvement. This complex study examined the prevalence of strategic and operational data reporting practices used by Georgia public schools to improve reported graduation rates.

Her work truly reflects the quality and impact of the School Improvement Doctoral Program. Congratulations, Noralee!

Important Dates

  • The mandatory 2018 Summer Orientation for newly admitted Cohort 19 doctoral students will take place on May 31 - June 1 at the UWG Carrollton campus.
  • The Dissertation Boot Camp for Cohort 17 will be held June 1 - 2.
  • Applications for the Summer 2019 Cohort will be accepted beginning in October 2018.

Why Choose the Doctor of School Improvement Program?

CPED Logo

The Doctor of School Improvement Program offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the PK - 12 schools they serve. Coursework is offered 100% online.

  • CPED Logo


    The Doctor of School Improvement Program offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the PK - 12 schools they serve. Coursework is offered 100% online.


There are several unique features of the Doctorate in School Improvement. These include the following:

  • All coursework is delivered through an asynchronous online environment, using a wide variety of instructional technologies. 
  • Students are required to come to the Carrollton, GA campus twice during the program: (1) for an intensive two day orientation during the first summer, and (2) for an intensive Dissertation Prep Seminar.
  • The dissertation mentoring courses guide students through the dissertation process.
  • The program may be completed in three years; however, many students take four years or more to complete.
  • Faculty are nationally recognized, committed to school improvement, and understand the needs of adult learners.