BISMARCK, ND — The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) has accepted University of Mary’s new Doctorate of Education (EdD) program into its select group. The CPED is a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education in the United States and throughout the world (U.S. Canada and New Zealand) that are committed to work together to undertake a critical examination and redesign of the doctorate in education (EdD).

“The CPED is the knowledge forum on the EdD,” added Dr. Rod Jonas, dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Science. “Our membership in the CPED will allow our school to collaborate and share information with other committed colleges and universities to redesign our EdD program so that our graduates can make a positive difference in the organizations and communities in which they work. The education program has been a hallmark of this university since the Benedictine Sister’s of Annunciation Monastery founded Mary in 1959. So all of the hard work by so many people over the years has paid off and we are very proud of this membership.”

Dr. Rod Jonas, dean, Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The CPED’s definition of the doctorate of education is “The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.”

The primary focus of CPED’s vision is to engage members in the redesign of the EdD that is grounded in and develops the professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge. The graduates for CPED program should be scholarly practitioners who can blend practical wisdom with professional skills and knowledge to solve problems of practice and who are able to collaborate and build partnerships with schools and organizations in the local community.

Anyone interested in University of Mary’s EdD program should contact Jennifer Barry, coordinator for Enrollment and Partnerships, at (701) 355-8372 or