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IU’s Walker directing nationwide Carnegie doctoral education assessment

Education, English tapped for review at IU Bloomington


The School of Education and the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington are among 32 programs nationwide selected for a Carnegie Foundation program aimed at improving doctoral education. The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate is a multi-year research project from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching involving the disciplines of chemistry, education, English and mathematics. Programs selected will examine their goals for doctoral education and create new approaches to better meet these goals.

“We embarked on this project to study new opportunities and responsibilities resulting from evolution of the disciplines as well as general changes in education and society,” said George Walker, IU vice president for research and dean of the University Graduate School. He also is a Carnegie senior scholar who heads the five-year study.

Other participating institutions include Columbia University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the University of Texas.

Luise McCarty, associate dean for graduate studies at the School of Education in Bloomington, said the Carnegie project will “provide us with structure and research support and foster collaborations with other education partners which represent the spirit of the School of Education.”

Mary Favret, associate professor of English, said the project will allow the IUB Department of English to examine the future of the doctorate in such areas as the nature of the dissertation, the time frame to complete the work, disciplinary change and institutional demands. “It’s always challenging to enact major changes in the nature of the doctorate,” she said.

(Editor’s note: A list of all programs selected to participate in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate may be accessed at this Web site:

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Publication date: January 31, 2003
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