Joint Ph.D. in Education

A Cooperative Program Offered by URI and RIC

History and Mission of an Innovative Program

The Ph.D. Program in Education began in 1995 as collaboration between Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. Start-up funding for the Program came from a generous grant from the Feinstein Foundation, which has provided extensive support for programs to enhance Rhode Island's public and private schools, colleges, and universities. In recognition of the Foundation's central role in launching the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, its students are known as "Feinstein Fellows."

This cooperative program, in addition to drawing on the resources of two strong institutions, has several other features that distinguish it from most doctoral programs in education nationwide. It has a very specific and clearly designed focus, which applies to all of its students. It has been designed for the crucial mission of preparing leaders of effective, research-based, educational reform. These leaders will be trained to integrate three essential roles:

  • Analytic Thinkers - who can assess current practices and their historical roots;
  • Expert Collaborators - who can work with others to design and implement innovative programs;
  • Applied Researchers - who can rigorously evaluate new educational programs and practices.

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Page last updated: January 8, 2010