What do we mean by Impact?

  • Jill A. Perry IE Editor in Chief CPED & The University of Pittsburgh
  • David G. Imig
Keywords: CPED, EdD, impact, professional practice


A history of change efforts by philanthropic agencies and government organizations directed at graduate schools of education has not produced long-term or sustained changes in their form and function. The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), however, has been able to demonstrate that external change efforts can result in change in schools of education when bottom-up efforts are combined with top-down support. Such change is an important "impact" of CPED. In this short essay, the CPED Executive Director and Chairman of the Board provide an overview of CPED's impact and then challenge authors and reader to help CPED further extend the definition of impact as it related to all aspects of the Education Doctorate.

Author Biography

Jill A. Perry, IE Editor in Chief CPED & The University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jill Perry is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Administration and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Working with Dr. David Imig and Dr. Lee Shulman, Dr. Perry began CPED in 2007 as part of her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on professional doctorate preparation in education, organizational change in higher education, and faculty leadership roles. Her publications have appeared in Planning and Changing Journal, Journal of School Public Relations, Innovation in Higher Education as well as in several books and practitioner journals. She has edited two books and will be the editor of the new on-line journal focused on transforming professional preparation in education which will launch in spring 2016. She is also the Board Chair of the Research & Innovation Advisory Board of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. Dr. Perry is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received her PhD in International Education Policy. She holds an MA in Higher Education Administration and a BA in Spanish and International Studies from Boston College. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership and program development in education and teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the US and abroad. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Paraguay).
How to Cite
Perry, J. A., & Imig, D. G. (2016). What do we mean by Impact?. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2016.26