by Katie Stepp

The University of West Georgia’s College of Education (COE) recently announced its Ed.D. in School Improvement program was selected as member of Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

Seal of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate“It is an honor for the College of Education to be accepted into the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate,” Dr. Mary Alice Varga, principal investigator alongside COE Dean Dianne Hoff, shared. “We strive to create a unique learning experience for educational professionals that will directly equip them with skills to initiate improvement in their schools.”

CPED is a consortium of more than 100 graduate schools of education that work together to critically examine the doctorate in education through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation. CPED and the Board of Directors accepted 22 new graduate schools of education, and UWG is proud to have been selected.

The new members of the consortium were chosen and evaluated by an application process, where applicants outlined goals to enhance the education doctorate program and detailed how the program equips students to become strong practitioners in research.

The application also included letters of support from the UWG Graduate School and the provost’s office, both of which Varga said have been extremely supportive throughout the process. The final applications were then evaluated by a committee of faculty members from current CPED institutions.

COE is required to attend two convenings each year where representatives of the college share the work of its doctoral program and being made using the CPED framework to promote excellence for the education doctorate.

“We hope to become a leader in doctorate education for our institution and other institutions seeking to reinvent their programs,” Varga explained. “Since our Ed.D. is a unique interdisciplinary, fully online program, we can provide information and guidance on areas in which we have thrived, such as building strong online courses, creating a robust alumni student base, and navigating a program that includes a wide variety of instructional technologies.”

Posted on October 18, 2017