Resource Needs for High-Quality, Independent Ed.D. Programs in the California State University (CSU)

AS-2773-06/FGA/AA (Rev) - November 9, 2006

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RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) reaffirm and restate our concern for adequate support for the independent Ed.D. programs in the CSU (see AS-2716-05/TEKR/AA and AS-2532-01/FGA/TEKR); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to assure that resources used in supporting the independent Ed.D. programs not draw upon resources currently used to support existing programs, and be it further;

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the universities to use the authorized Ed.D. fee revenue to augment the funding of resources and services specific to the independent Ed.D., including the adjustments of faculty workload to offer instruction at the doctoral level; and be it further

RESOLVED: That, given the particular importance of information resources to graduate programs, the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to provide the funding of interlibrary resources and services specific to the independent Ed.D. programs as a systemwide provision in the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the universities to augment the funding of required library resources and services specific to the independent Ed.D. programs in order to offer quality doctoral education.

RATIONALE: Doctoral programs by their very nature require additional resources, including adequate library and information resources and supporting clerical and other staff. Senate Bill 724 (Scott) stipulates that the CSU shall provide any startup funding from within existing budgets. Thus, the additional funding needed for the independent doctorate must come from the CSU system budget and campus budgets. Given the new fees structure for graduate work, these resources should provide the funding needed for the new independent doctoral programs. Further, both Cornerstones and the new study by the Academic Provosts argue for the importance of graduate study to the CSU and particularly for high quality programs. High quality programs will need adequate funding.

Since doctoral programs require intensive research, availability of adequate information resources and supporting services are essential for successful and credible programs. The CSU Council of Library Directors has expressed library support needs for the independent doctorate program (see memo dated 8/31/06). Program planning ought to address the principle of equal access to resources and services for all Ed.D. program participants regardless of location. Certain resources may be shared electronically with systemwide procurement but those costs are significant. Since not all research materials would qualify, local collections still need attention and access to other specialized materials carries a document delivery cost at the local level. Further, instruction and assistance for dissertation research has a significant staffing implication.

Approved Unanimously January 18-19, 2007


 
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