CPED Improvement Groups (CIGs)

Members talking at a convening table

In an effort to enhance CPED as a Knowledge Forum on the EdD, we offer the opportunity for members to develop CPED Improvement Groups (CIGs).

CIGs are a combination of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)—organized groups with research specialties that increase the exchange of knowledge, and Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) – a colleagueship of expertise building on the hard work and creativity of many.

In CPED, CIGs will consist of groups of members who share a common interest in specific topics, contexts, or components of EdD program design and who want to learn about and develop strategies for improving best practices. Such learning and improvement will support the CPED mission “to strengthen, improve, support and promote the CPED framework through continued collaboration and investigation.”

Given this definition, CIGs collaborate for at least one year and aim to accomplish:

  • Focused, cross-institutional learning about specific topics, contexts or components, that relate to CPED-influenced EdD program development and delivery and the CPED Framework (EdD definition, principles for program design and design-concepts);
  • Development of best practices, tools and resources to support member learning;
  • Use of research to determine effects;
  • Dissemination and promotion of what is learned including publications, presentations, etc.

Current CIG Opportunities

CPED Improvement Science CIG

In recent years, new approaches have emerged for equipping practitioners with the skills to engage in user-centered continuous improvement toward the dual educational goals of excellence and equity. The Improvement Science CIG supports the inclusion of improvement science and/or design-based improvement methods in EdD curricula as a signature pedagogy.

Online EdD CIG

The CIG for Online Learning in EdDs is a community of individuals whose shared goal is to enrich and improve the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of CPED-influenced online EdD programs. 

EdD Programs for Social Justice CIG

The Social Justice in EdD Programs CIG seeks to address issues of inequity and build knowledge in this relatively new area of the field. 

Group Dissertation CIG

The Group Dissertation CIG invites CPED member institutions who are using or exploring a dissertation model that allows for a research team rather than the more traditional individual dissertation.