List of Institutions Invited To Join Holmes Group

August 06, 2019 5 min read

Below is a list of the 123 research universities invited to become charter members of the Holmes Group.

The chief academic officers and education deans at these institutions received letters of invitation from the consortium last week.

They must provide a show of interest by July I, and initial payment of a $4,000 annual membership fee.

At least one leading public university in each state and one institution for each 25,000 teachers in a region—South Central, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and Far West&mash;have been asked to join the organization.

‘Top 10 Percent’

According to a letter sent out to prospective members from Judith E. Lanier, acting chairman for the Holmes Group and dean of the college of education at Michigan State University, the 123 universities represent the “leading research institutions in their respective states and regions, and they are, by any commonly accepted standard, the top 10 percent of American institutions.”

Ms. Lanier added that major universities were contacted “regardless of their history of involvement in teacher education.” This was done, she wrote, “in the hope that some will see a strong future role for their institution in this important endeavor.”

She also noted that the potential group represents “a fairly wide spectrum of capacity in terms of the overall research productivity of the various institutions.”

‘Limited Resources’

Since its informal inception more than two years ago, the Holmes Group has been attacked as elitist and exclusionary for its efforts to bring together a carefully chosen group of American universities to participate in the reform of teacher education.

Because its recommendations seem to speak to all of the approximately 1,250 colleges and universities that train future teachers-as well as to the nation’s public schools and policymakers-the group’s decision to open membership to selected universities only has been sharply criticized in some circles.

“We assume that the twin goals of the reform of teacher education and the reform of the teaching profession will prosper if the nation’s best universities are committed to teacher education,” said Ms. Lanier, in justifying the group’s closed membership. “We want to spend quality time with really quality institutions, and to do that, our resources are limited.”

“If we can begin to get this size group interested and responding,” she added, “then certainly there may be others in the future.”

Application for membership will be open to other “research-intensive institutions” within three to five years, according to the report.

Institutions that have already been invited include those belonging to the American Association of Universities as well as others “identified in reputational studies for the excellence of their research and development in education.”

Factors taken into account included whether or not the institution offers a doctoral program in education, the past record of investment in research and development activity on the part of the institution as a whole, and the percentage of minority enrollment at the institution.

The institutions, listed in alphabetical order by state, include:

Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alaska, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-San Diego, California Institute of Technology, University of California-Davis, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Connecticut, Yale University, University of Delaware, Catholic University, Howard University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, University of Southern Florida.

University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Emory University, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Idaho, Indiana University, Purdue University, Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Tulane, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, University of Maine-Orono, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland.

Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technoogy, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Clark University, Boston College, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington University-Saint Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Montana, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nevada-Reno, University of New Hampshire, Princeton University, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, University of New Mexico.

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York University, Cornell University, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, Bank Street College of Education, Fordham University, State University of New York-Albany, State University of New York-Buffalo, University of North Carolina, Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Dakota, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, Ohio University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University.

University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, University of South Carolina, Clemson, University of South Dakota, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas-Austin, University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A & M University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Trinity University, University of Utah, University of Vermont.

University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, Washington State University, West Virginia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wyoming.

A version of this article appeared in the April 09, 1986 edition of Education Week

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