Support for the Authority for CSU to Grant Independent
AS-2683-05/AA - January 20-21, 2005
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State
University (CSU) express its support for seeking legislative authorization for
the California State University to offer, where needed and funded appropriately,
independent, professional/clinical doctorates in applied fields of study; and
be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of
Trustees to pursue, as part of its legislative program, independent authority
for the CSU to award professional/clinical doctorates; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU assist in this
RATIONALE: Several CSU campuses presently offer Masters
degrees in audiology. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the
accrediting body for professional preparation programs in audiology, speech and
language pathology, has mandated that, beginning in 2007, audiologists must have
an earned doctorate to attain professional certification. This will result in
loss of accreditation for any audiology programs that do not offer the Au.D.
including five CSU programs. The Au.D. emerged nationally during the last two
decades in response to the increasing knowledge base and changing technology.
Changes of this kind, where the existing entry level Masters degree is to be
replaced by an applied doctorate in the appropriate field, are also possible
in physical therapy and other disciplines.
At present (January 2005), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
lists 63 universities in the US that offer the Doctor of Audiology degree, with
just one (the joint program between SDSU and UCSD) in California. Among other
states, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas have four, Arizona, Florida,
Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have three, and many states have two. It
is clear that the existing CSU programs in audiology, offered at the Long Beach,
Northridge, Los Angeles, Hayward, and Sacramento campuses, will be obsolete if
they are not converted into Doctor of Audiology degree programs.
At the same time, it is clear that the citizens of California need access to
professional doctoral programs that grant entry-level credentials for careers
in health-related and other information-rich fields. The state also needs a
work force properly educated and certified, with the appropriate degrees to
deliver vital human, social, and business services.
The Master Plan blueprint for higher education has created an evolution of
academic strength that makes the CSU the best prepared and most interested in
delivering many of these increasingly vital professional doctorates. Several
campuses, principally San Diego State University, have enjoyed success in
developing, implementing, and operating joint doctoral degrees-some of them in
the aforementioned professional areas. This indicates the CSU's capacity to
deliver high-quality professional doctoral education. Other areas in which
applied doctorates might be offered include physical therapy, nursing, social
work, communication studies, criminology, and health care administration (see
Rethinking Graduate Education in the CSU: Meeting the Needs of the People of
California for Graduate Education for the 21st Century, September, 2004).
All of these programs require adequate funding. No CSU should implement a
doctorate once authorized without an adequate funding base. Previous Academic
Senate CSU resolutions regarding our historical lack of resources and the
teaching load adjustments needed for advanced programs of this nature remain
paramount. It is therefore necessary that the implementation of these programs
be accompanied by the resources necessary to support them.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY - January 20-21, 2005