Students admitted into our program don’t simply hope for change, they are driven to make it happen. In fact, many of them are already leaders in their fields.
"I believe that if you stay only in your silo, it is harder to find a solution. To truly make change, you have to seek and build experiences outward." Dr. Lisette Nieves, Founding Faculty
We want every student to come to the program with ideas they believe can make a difference and have a lasting impact in their current and future organizations. The idea could address an issue they’ve struggled with for years — like how to reimagine a special-education program for an entire school district, or scale a boutique program sustainably — or it could be a new innovation they want to implement — such as how to design an institute for first-generation and transfer students at a university.
We call this idea the Problem of Practice (POP). Students use an academic lens to examine their problem and explore examples of research and solutions from a range of disciplines and industries.
The key objective of this program is to support school, nonprofit, higher education, philanthropic, and corporate leaders focused on education and learning to leverage their experience and skills to drive solutions and impact in their organizations. Using academic scholarship, research, and cross-sectoral exposure, students study organizations and change initiatives from various perspectives: conceptual, organizational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical. The EdD curriculum is grounded in interdisciplinary research, experiential practice, and problem-based learning.