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Doctoral degree approved for Center
for Excellence in Education
August 17, 2010
The Center for Excellence in Education at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro has been approved for a Doctor of Philosophy degree
(Ph.D.), center director Dr. George Foldesy announced Tuesday. Dr.
Foldesy received the news from the approving body, the Arkansas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (AHECB).
Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership, approved by the Arkansas
Department of Higher Education as submitted by ASU, provides an academic
program that meets directly an educational and professional need raised
by many prospective students,” said Dr. Dan Howard, interim Chancellor
at Arkansas State. “This degree complements the Ed.D. in Educational
Leadership which is more practitioner-oriented for individuals seeking
positions such as school principals and superintendents.
“The Ph.D. program adds a more extensive research component that is more
frequently expected by individuals who intend to be faculty members at
colleges and universities and will appeal more globally to a wider array
Howard went on to state that he is “appreciative of the thoughtful and
extensive work that the ASU faculty members associated with the center
invested in the development of this outstanding new doctoral program at
In seeking approval for the Ph.D. program, Dr. Foldesy said members of
ASU’s faculty drafted a proposal which focused on the program’s
composition, including program-related issues, budget, available
resources, and a rationale for having the program.|
“We are extremely proud,” said Dr. Foldesy. “We presently have the
Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.), and it is a very successful program.
ASU has had four national dissertation winners and approximately 100
graduates. It was the first doctoral degree approved for Arkansas State
University. The Ph.D. gives the Ed.D. a whole new dimension for
preparing educators and producing researchers.”
The Center for Excellence in Education was established in 1992 to
provide a program of academic preparation of educational leaders.