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.
  • We will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Cohort in October 2018.

Why Choose Our Program?

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Our Ed.D. program in School Improvement offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the schools they serve. Our program has served students for 17 years as a face-to-face program. Beginning with summer of 2011, we now offer 100% of our coursework online.

  • CPED Logo


    Our Ed.D. program in School Improvement offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the schools they serve. Our program has served students for 17 years as a face-to-face program. Beginning with summer of 2011, we now offer 100% of our coursework 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 our Carrollton, GA campus twice during the program: (1) for an intensive 2-1/2 day Orientation during the first summer, and (2) for an intensive Dissertation Prep Seminar.
  • Our program not only prepares you for your dissertation, but also guides you through the process by incorporating it into the coursework.
  • Since we have incorporated the dissertation into the second half of the coursework, the program may be completed in three years.
  • Our faculty are nationally recognized, committed to school improvement, and understand your needs as an adult online learner.