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UW Education Programs Gain Carnegie Project Membership

April 11, 2019
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UW’s College of Education will redesign its Doctor of Education programs, following acceptance into the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming College of Education’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs recently were accepted to join the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

The CPED cohort includes over 100 colleges and schools of education that are committed to reclaiming and enhancing the professional doctorate in education to better suit the needs of practitioners throughout the country.

“We’re very excited to welcome these new institution members to CPED’s growing consortium and to see the contributions they will make in transforming the Ed.D. to meet the educational needs of the 21st century,” says CPED Executive Director Jill Perry.

Member institutions use CPED resources to enhance and continuously improve their programs to ensure they are positioned as a way for practitioners to gain knowledge that allows them to advance in their careers, meet contemporary educational challenges and become stewards of the profession to help lead innovation in the future.

“We are extremely fortunate and honored that we have been invited to become a member of the Carnegie Project,” says Suzanne Young, associate dean of graduate students, professor and leader of the UW Carnegie Project task force. “We are fully committed to evaluating and redesigning our Ed.D. to align with the Carnegie Project mission and goals. We intend to raise the stature, reputation and quality of our program to the level of pre-eminence and beyond.”

Through its membership in CPED, the College of Education will gain access to a number of resources that will aid in the process of continually improving Ed.D. programs. Representatives of the college will attend collaborative meetings twice each year to discuss ideas that challenge traditional doctoral preparation, along with representatives of other member institutions. Members also gain access to an online professional community that includes publications, tools for program redesign, presentations and discussion forums that extend discussion of novel concepts outside of the regular meetings.

CPED has launched Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, an open source, peer-reviewed journal, to assist member institutions in generating knowledge about Ed.D. programs. The journal will not only disseminate current research to members, but also provide additional opportunities for members to have their work published on an international stage.

The UW initiative was motivated by a task force of College of Education faculty members who recommended joining the project to Dean D. Ray Reutzel in fall 2018. With the dean’s enthusiasm and support, the task force began working to ensure the CPED mission and vision fit with the college’s goals -- and examined the feasibility of redesigning the college’s Ed.D. programs under the new framework.

After an in-depth analysis, the task force strongly felt that CPED’s approach to designing Ed.D. degrees was in line with ideals of the College of Education. The group then worked to ensure that the college was able to meet CPED’s requirements for membership and complete the rigorous application process that included a 30-minute personal interview.

In late March, the task force received word that the college had been accepted into the program along with eight other institutions. In June, College of Education representatives will attend a meeting with the Carnegie cohort that will serve as an orientation into the program. During the meeting, UW representatives will initiate conversations with CPED partners on how to begin implementing the CPED framework into the college’s Ed.D. programs.

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