NKU becomes member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

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Monday – March 31, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The executive director of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate announced yesterday that Northern Kentucky University, along with 32 additional higher education institutions from across the country and around the globe, are members of its third cohort.

“Now in its sixth year, the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at NKU has been characterized by its innovative approach to the preparation of future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines,” said Dr. James Koschoreck, director of the NKU Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. “As a new member of the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate, NKU now joins a distinguished coalition of international institutions of higher education focused on the reconceptualization of the Ed.D. as a doctorate of practice that will inevitably strengthen the commitment of our graduate students to engage more effectively with their organizations and their communities.”

The Carnegie Project is an action-oriented initiative that has brought together a consortium of colleges and schools of education that work together to institute a clear distinction between the professional practice doctorate in education (Ed.D.) and the education research doctorate (Ph.D.) while improving reliability and efficacy of programs leading to the professional doctorate in education.

“The aim of the consortium is to learn together,” said Kristina Hesbol, CPED membership chair. “New members understand that acceptance into the consortium is an invitation to enter into a change process for their Ed.D. program.”

The Carnegie Project welcomes its first international members, with two institutions from Canada as well as the University of Auckland (New Zealand). “The expansion of the consortium to a third cohort speaks to the credibility of this faculty-led effort and to our dedication to learn from diverse settings around the US and beyond its borders as a means to develop the strongest professional preparation in education,” said Jill Perry, CPED executive director. With the addition of this third cohort, the CPED consortium totals 87 schools or colleges of education working in collaboration to redesign the Ed.D.

About the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a consortium of colleges and schools of education which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (Ed.D.) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation. The vision of the consortium is to transform the Ed.D. (referred to as a professional practice doctorate within the consortium) into the degree of choice for preparing the next generation of practitioner experts and school (K-12) college leaders in education, especially those who will generate new knowledge and scholarship about educational practice (or related policies) and will have responsibility for stewarding the education profession.

To accomplish this vision, the mission of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is to improve the way in which professional educators are prepared by redesigning all aspects of Ed.D. programs, including curriculum, assessments, admissions, etc. The CPED initiative currently has its headquarters at the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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