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Release: Feb. 5, 2003

Carnegie Foundation Selects College of Education For Project

The University of Iowa College of Education's education psychology program has been chosen to take part in a five-year national research and action project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Initiative on the Doctorate has selected the UI education psychology program as an "Allied Department," which means the UI program will analyze all aspects of its doctoral program and help form an interdisciplinary network of support with other programs and universities. Some 32 departments nationwide are taking part in the project, representing education, mathematics, English and science Ph.D. programs.

"This will give us a chance to collaborate nationally with other educational psychology programs in the reconceptualization of our Ph.D. process," said Associate Professor Joyce Moore, coordinator of Iowa's project. "We hope to create a state-of-the-art program that will meet the changing needs of our students and the educational community."

Carnegie President Lee S. Shulman said the doctoral degree is critical to the continued improvement of all American education, from elementary to graduate school. "If we wish to influence the course of elementary and secondary schools, the Ph.D. is critical for those who hold a doctorate to also educate those who teacher our children's schoolchildren," he said.

The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching fund the project.

More information about the project can be found online at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/CID/

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