CID Press Release_9-03 by cuiliqing


									September 2003

Gay Clyburn
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

For September 15, 2003 Release:

19 Departments Selected as Partners in Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate

Stanford, CA, September 2003—The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), a multi-year

research and action project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities,

announces the selection of 19 Partner Departments in history and neuroscience.

       Partner Departments will analyze all aspects of their doctoral programs and link

specific activities to desired outcomes. Departments will begin this analysis by clarifying their

goals for doctoral education in their respective disciplines, and will commit to creating “design

experiments” in doctoral education to better meet their identified goals.

       “We embarked on this project because we felt that this is a propitious time to study

new opportunities and responsibilities resulting from evolution of the disciplines as well as

general changes in education and society,” said Carnegie Senior Scholar George E. Walker,

who heads the five-year study.

       Carnegie Senior Scholar Chris Golde explained that the project goals were to support

and study experiments in doctoral education with leading graduate programs, to document

and analyze the character of those initiatives and, working with these innovative departments,

to help the disciplinary community create models and evidence of success to inform others in

the field. “We’re working with departments which are committed to being stewards of the

discipline,” Golde said. “We don’t just mean a preservation of the heart and essence of the

field, although that’s important, but we chose those departments who have a critical eye

toward the future, who are willing to take risks and move the discipline forward.”

       Carnegie President Lee S. Shulman said the doctoral degree is critical to the

continued improvement of all American education, from the elementary school to the

graduate school. “If educators hope to change the character of undergraduate education, the

Ph.D. is critical; doctoral programs prepare and socialize the next generation of

undergraduate teachers. If we wish to influence the course of elementary and secondary

schools, the Ph.D. is critical, for those who hold the doctorate also educate those who teach

our nation’s schoolchildren.”

       The following departments were selected as CID Partners:

          Arizona State University: Department of History
          Boston University: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
          Duke University: Department of History
          Duke University: Psychological and Brain Sciences
          Georgetown University: Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
          Michigan State University: Neuroscience Program
          Texas A&M University: Department of History
          The Ohio State University: Department of History
          The Ohio State University: Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program
          University of Connecticut: Department of History
          University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Department of History
          University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Neuroscience
          University of Kansas: Department of History
          University of Minnesota: Department of History
          University of Minnesota: Graduate Program in Neuroscience

          University of Pittsburgh: Department of History
          University of Pittsburgh: Center for Neuroscience
          University of Texas at Austin: Department of History
          University of Wisconsin-Madison: Neuroscience Training Program

       The CID has also selected 12 Allied Departments who will help form a network in each

discipline to provide further information collection and dissemination about the study. The

Carnegie Foundation announced Partner Departments in chemistry, education, English, and

mathematics earlier this year. These departments have already begun deliberations, and will

be developing design experiments this fall. A list of Partner and Allied Departments by

discipline is attached.

       Further information about the study and all of the participants may be found on the

Carnegie Web site at Funding for the project is provided by the

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

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, The Carnegie

Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a

primary mission “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the

profession of the teacher.” The Foundation, located in Stanford, Calif., fulfills this mission through its

contributions to improvements in education policy and practice.

Atlantic Philanthropies identify and support leaders, institutions, and organizations dedicated to

learning, knowledge-building, and solving pressing social problems.

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