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Luise McCarty
School of Education

Last modified: Thursday, January 23, 2003

Nationwide Carnegie Foundation project involves IU Bloomington education and English programs

The School of Education and the English Department at Indiana University Bloomington are among 32 programs nationwide selected for a Carnegie Foundation project 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. The Carnegie Web site is

"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 Carnegie Senior Scholar George Walker, who heads the five-year study and is the vice president for research and dean of the University Graduate School at IU.

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

Luise McCarty, associate dean for graduate studies at the IUB School of Education, 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 English Department 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.

The Carnegie Foundation was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered by Congress in 1906 as an independent policy and research center to advance teaching. The foundation, headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., is funding the doctorate project with Atlantic Philanthropies. Atlantic Philanthropies identify and support leaders, institutions and organizations dedicated to learning, knowledge-building and solving pressing social problems.

For more details, contact McCarty at 812-856-8385,, Favret at 812-855-8283,, Walker at 812-855-6153, or Gay Clyburn with Carnegie at 650-566-5162,