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Georgia Southern University College of Education Tapped by Carnegie Foundation

STATESBORO, Ga. – April 9, 2014 – Georgia Southern University’s redesigned doctorate in educational leadership offered through the College of Education (COE) has been accepted into the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED), an elite consortium of colleges and schools of education charged with transforming the Ed.D. into “the degree of choice” for the next generation of practitioner leaders at all levels of education, from K-12 to higher education.


“We’re preparing a new kind of educational leader that didn’t exist before, one that is equipped to make the big decisions of tomorrow based on solid research and educational theory,” said Georgia Southern University President Brooks A. Keel. “Being asked to apply to CPED was an honor in itself, and being accepted as a member is a testament of how our College of Education has moved the Ed.D. into the 21st century. It puts us in the enviable position of being ahead of the curve.”


With the addition of COE into the consortium, there are now 87 schools or colleges of education working in collaboration to redesign the educational leadership doctorate out of an estimated 1,200 programs across the country. A faculty-led effort, the consortium, headquartered at the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an action-oriented initiative to develop a clear distinction between the “professional practice doctorate in education (Ed.D.) and the education research doctorate (Ph.D.); and to improve the reliability and efficacy of programs leading to the professional doctorate in education.”


“We are especially pleased that we have been accepted as a member of this important group whose goals clearly align with the College’s commitment to bring research, theory and practice to bear on all our degrees as we prepare educators and educational leaders for the next generation in our state and region,” said COE Dean Thomas R. Koballa, Jr.


COE accepted its first cohort into the redesigned educational leadership doctorate in fall 2013. It is a professional practice degree with unique characteristics apart from those usually associated with the research doctorate. “Our degree, and what CPED is charged with developing, is more relevant for the advanced preparation of school practitioners, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges, even for those in the business world,” said Devon Jensen, COE’s higher education leadership doctoral program coordinator.


“Students seeking advanced degrees in education leadership, really anyone in a leadership position regardless of the sector in which they work, needs the training and the tools to be able to solve the big issues facing their institutions. It’s all about the application of research to solve complex problems that school leaders face,” Jensen continued. “CPED membership gives the College the opportunity to enter into dialogue with other education institutions sharing the same goals, to be prepared to change, to experiment and to welcome critical feedback,” Jensen explained.


Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:


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