USD Division of Educational Leadership Joins Carnegie Project

VERMILLION, S.D. –The University of South Dakota’s Division of Educational Leadership has been selected to be a member of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium.

“Joining will assist the educational leadership program at USD develop stronger state leaders, which will make South Dakota schools stronger,” said Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of USD’s school of education.

Beginning in June, USD faculty will join more than 80 programs across the nation in redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of Pk-20 education and the organizations that support it.

“We believe that by actively participating in the CPED consortium, we could learn from other programs, as well as contribute effective strategies that other programs from across the nation could use to enhance the Educational Doctorate,” said Karen Card, chair of the educational leadership program.

The aim of the Consortium is to learn together. CPED membership offers many opportunities that go beyond the professional development inherent in the work including access to research, awards and new academic journals.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.