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CIECAP Overview

The Comparative and International Education Course Archive Project (CIECAP) is a special project of the Secretariat of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) hosted at SUNY Albany.  CIECAP has also been endorsed as a project of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). CIECAP is a collection of introductory course outlines in comparative education as well as an on-line database of salient features of these courses as taught at universities around the world.  Recently, it has also become an inventory of descriptions and an analysis of the comparative education graduate programs at these universities.  It is an important addition to the growing body of research on the nature of the field itself, including its form and parameters.  The project's unique contribution to this research is an accessible archive of key elements of the introductory course — including unit topics, referenced articles, journals and texts — as well as the interests and specializations of comparative education programs. More...

Course Outline Database
To view pdf files of course outlines for the introductory course in comparative and international education arranged by geographical region click CIECAP Course Outline DATABASE.  The course outlines of over 70 institutions in the CIECAP database are available on-line. 

Program Information Database
The CIECAP program information DATABASE is based on information gathered from universities around the world that teach Comparative Education.  This database is a summative listing of program features, including:  national and regional location, instructor and program contact information, and degree program offerings. We will continuously update and expand this database as we receive new information. 

To furnish information regarding your graduate program in comparative education please contact us.

Analysis of Course Outlines
At a symposium on the introductory course held at the CIES 2003 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Erwin Epstein, Dr. Kathy Stone, and then-doctoral student Bruce Collet (currently Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University) presented findings from a study of course outlines from thirty instructors and institutions in the field.  CIECAP uses as its foundation the databases developed from this study, the results of which have been presented annually at CIES meetings.  CIECAP welcomes the submission of introductory course outlines from the many institutions not represented in the study, as well as updated outlines from those already featured.   


Bibliographic References

Participating Institutions
1. Analysis of course outlines references: reference type, title, author and year by university Course Outline References
2. Table of bibliographic reference types used in introductory course outlines: code and count by type Reference Types
3. References organized by authors: list of authors used in introductory course outlines and number of citings References by Author
4. References organized by publication date and decade References by Decade
5. Reference type count according to university for database I References by University I
6. Reference type count according to university for database II References by University II
A listing of books and readings used in the introductory course. Sorted by university, the tables include authors and/or editors, publication titles, and publication years. Journal acronym spellings are provided in 'Journal References' below.
Journal References List of Journals Cited Journals Cited
A table depicting journals highly recommended as well as journals additionally cited in course outlines. The table includes a frequency count of the total number of times these journals are referenced.
1. Table of universities/course outlines in the CIECAP database CIECAP Table
2. Topic lists by university: one topic list per introductory course outline Topic Lists
3. Frequency count of conceptual topics and geographical topics in introductory course outlines Topic Analysis
4. Topic Graph: Conceptual topics analyzed across thirty universities Topic Graph
5.  Course outline topics are sorted by university Topic Sort by University
6.  Course outline topics are sorted by theme Topic Sort by Theme
Sorted by University, the tables illustrate broad thematic areas addressed in the introductory course. The 'Topic Analysis' table includes a frequency count of the total number of times each area is addressed per outline.

Thank you for your interest in CIECAP and we hope you find the data we have collected both informative and useful. Your feedback is important to us. Please feel free to send comments on how CIECAP has been helpful to you as well as how it might be improved in the future. Send comments to

Please note that at this time the project accepts only outlines of the introductory course in comparative education and description of graduate programs in the field.  These may be submitted electronically to Professor Erwin H. Epstein (

Along with electronic submission, hard copies of outlines and program descriptions may also be submitted to Dr. Epstein c/o The University at Albany, State University of New York.