Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  Announcements, Alumni

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 16, 2019 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of nine institutions of higher education to be accepted this year into the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

In addition to UTRGV, the other new members to the consortium are: 

  • Iowa State University.
  • New Jersey City University.
  • Radford University.
  • Sacred Heart University/Farrington College of Education.
  • University of California, Davis.
  • University of Southern Indiana.
  • University of West Alabama.
  • University of Wyoming.

CPED executive director Dr. Jill A. Perry, PhD, said the nine new institutions add to a growing list of universities dedicated to effecting positive changes in education.

“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 EdD to meet the educational needs of the 21st century,” Perry said.

The nine new members join a roster of 105 current members in the work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of PK-20 education and the organizations that support it, Perry said.

CPED institution members form a network, stimulating each institution’s work and providing space for sharing, learning and providing feedback in a national dialogue across faculty, students and administrators in Doctor of Education (EdD) programs.

UTRGV and the other eight members for 2019 were chosen through a rigorous application process. Evaluations were by a membership committee composed of leaders of current CPED institution members, and were based on the application and support materials of each applicant.

CPED hosts two bi-annual convenings at one of its member institutions in June and October each year.

New members will be invited to attend the upcoming CPED Convening from June 10-12 this year at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

The theme of the convening is “Assuring Quality, Transformation and Brand in CPED-influenced EdD Programs,” offering new institution members an opportunity to explore strategies that ensure quality standards while meeting the needs of scholarly practitioners in CPED-influenced EdD programs.

Additionally, new members will meet current CPED members with experience related to both technical and adaptive organizational issues that arise in the process of redesigning EdD programs.


The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation.

CPED’s vision is to transform the EdD by inspiring all schools of education to apply the CPED Framework to the preparation of educational leaders by becoming well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.


Jill A. Perry, PhD      
Executive Director     
(412) 624-7272            

Carolyn Carlins, MA
Operations Manager
(412) 648-7428


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.