Tarleton State University is one of 22 new schools accepted into the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), making it one of only eight Texas colleges invited to join.

A group of more than 100 universities headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh, CPED works to strengthen and improve education doctoral programs worldwide in order to better equip professional practitioners to meet current educational challenges. CPED acceptance follows a competitive application and evaluation process.

“Selection to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is an exciting milestone for Tarleton,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio, “recognizing the excellence of our program and our commitment to learning at all levels.”

Currently, CPED members are redesigning the Ed.D. to make it a stronger and more relevant degree for the advanced preparation of educational practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges and the learning organizations that support them. Member institutions and their faculty learn from and with each other at biannual meetings.

“Our acceptance into the CPED consortium is a giant leap forward,” said Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, head of Tarleton’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program. “Tarleton’s doctoral students, whether in higher education or K-12 leadership, will enjoy the quality associated with CPED status and benefit from the international prestige that comes with the Carnegie name.”

Current enrollment in Tarleton’s doctoral program in educational leadership (Ed.D.) is up 13 percent with 137 students. Designed to meet the schedules of full-time professionals, the 63-hour, cohort program is available at the university’s Stephenville campus as well as at outreach centers in Fort Worth and Waco. Courses have online and lecture components.