CPED's History & Milestones

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CPED Milestones


CPED launched its new website in August. CPED's new communications and website strategies have fostered larger engagement with members, stakeholders, and prospective members. 

New governance changes presentation coverCPED Board of Directors and Executive Director Jill A. Perry announced new governance and operational changes that will provide more opportunities for members to get involved and achieve our consortium's mission.

CPED evolved its convening agenda format starting with the #CPED19 June Convening to give members more time for learning and engaging with each other. The #CPED19 June Convening hosted by University of Nebraska - Lincoln was the second highest attended convening with 211 participants attending. 

2018 anunal report coverCPED published its first ever annual report covering the consortium's accomplishments in 2018.


CPED Board of Directors approved funds to retain a law firm with the goal of reframing CPED's governance and expanding opportunities for members.

CPED made investments in creating new communications and website strategies. Specialists in both areas have been brought on board to rethink CPED communications strategies and delivery and to design a new website that will support members with resources and information.


CPED 10th anniversary logoCPED celebrated its 10th anniversary with a convening at its headquarters, the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, 22 new member institutions we admitted bringing membership up to 105 Schools of Education in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

Additionally, CPED was awarded $500,000 by the WT Grant Foundation to study Research Evidence Use by graduates of four CPED member institutions. 


September: CPED accepted an offer by the University of Pittsburgh to move its headquarters and make the University of Pittsburgh CPED’s academic home for the coming five years. CPED relocated to the School of Education at Pittsburgh with Executive Director, Jill A. Perry, PhD, being appointed as a research associate professor in the School of Education where she will continue her leadership duties.


In its third Phase, the Consortium has decided to both expand and sustain the organization. Current members have supported the initiative in applying to become a 501c3 Non Profit organization. This new organization will expand with a call for new members. It will also set forth an ambition agenda that will offer policies and guides for EdD program development. FIPSE research data, manuscripts and products will be rolled out just as we initiative a new cohort into the design process of EdD program development.


With the receipt of the FIPSE Grant, the CPED Initiative entered a second phase during which the consortium engaged in a mixed-methods, multi-case study of its work at 21 of the original member institutions. In addition, the Consortium added 8 new California State University campuses and 27 new universities that committed themselves to continuing the work of the Consortium in a continuous and evaluative discussion of the Education Doctorate.

During this time, CPED Headquarters moved to Duquesne University School of Education where Dr. Jill A. Perry, Executive Director received a research faculty position. A founding member, Duquesne University has offered both support and guidance to the Consortium.


With the support of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching under the leadership of then President Dr. Lee Shulman, and the backing of the Council for Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI), the project began with 25 member institutions, a small pot of funds from the Carnegie Foundation and an ambitious goal to redesign doctoral preparation for professional practitioners. This first phase resulted in a set of principles, architecture and models of programmatic and institutional change. In September 2010, the hard work of the consortium was rewarded with a $700,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Download the CPED 10 year timeline here.

Proclamation of CPED’s Teacher: Lee S. Shulman

WHEREAS, Lee S. Shulman, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has inspired colleagues representing a national consortium of universities-the Carnegie Project the Education Doctorate known as CPED- to learn; and 

WHEREAS, Lee S. Shulman has engaged and guided that learning in pursuit of new models for the formation of doctoral candidates who, in turn, aspire to serve learners and learning as professional educators; and 

WHEREAS, Lee S. Shulman has shared with the consortium his moral compass- his pedagogical imperative- to guide learning; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by those gathered as the CPED consortium on this date and in this place that Lee S. Shulman is recognized – in addition to all other honors and awards—as CPED’s Teacher; that those who graduate from the doctoral programs of this consortium shall know the legacy of his teaching and so learn to use his moral compass, to engage his pedagogical imperative that they may know teaching as community property and acquire the wisdom of practice and to inspire learning and learners, generation after generation.  

Signed this 22 October 2009, in the City of Pittsburgh by representatives of the university that constitute the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.