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May 8, 2017
Dr. Michael McBride, a recent graduate of Northwest Missouri State University’s joint doctorate program, is the recipient of the 2016 Dan H. Cockrell Ed.D. Dissertation of the Year Award.
McBride completed his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis last fall with a dissertation, titled “A Quantitative Analysis of the Missouri Content Assessment Using an Accountability Conceptual Framework for Teacher Candidates and Educator Preparation Programs.”
McBride, who serves as the coordinator of professional education unit assessment at Northwest, surveyed all of the state’s universities and informed his analysis with more than 1,100 teacher candidate records representing every type of school.
Dr. Tim Wall, the dean of Northwest’s School of Education, was his academic advisor. Northwest faculty members Dr. Carole Edmonds and Dr. Matt Symonds as well as Dr. David Oehler, dean of instruction at Metropolitan Community College, joined Wall on McBride’s dissertation committee.
“Dr. McBride is an extraordinary person,” Wall said. “His drive and resilience are unmatched. He is relentlessly striving to improve and make a difference for a more socially just world. This honor is reflective of Mike’s talent and work ethic. He chose a high-level series of analyses, completed a very thorough review of all that has been written in his field of study, and synthesized it all into new learning that will provide insight about how standardized examinations impact the diversity of the educator workforce in Missouri. This is a timely, necessary policy analysis with a broad scope of impact.”
McBride’s study already is being shared at professional conferences statewide and nationally, Wall said.
“We are fortunate to have a ‘data guy’ who cares about diversity, equity and inclusive practices and policies,” Wall said. “Northwest will benefit from this project, and the learning will continue to shape future education policy.”
McBride will receive the dissertation award during a July 26 gala on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
“Northwest has been such a supportive environment through my doctoral process and I am very grateful,” McBride said.
Northwest’s joint doctoral program with the University of Missouri-Columbia is delivered cooperatively by four other partner institutions: University of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri and Missouri State University. The regional delivery system provides flexibility to educators who work full-time and access to faculty who collaborate as program instructors.
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