Campus: CSU Fullerton -- July 21, 2004
Cal State Fullerton Establishes Eighth College, Names Acting Dean
Cal State Fullerton established its eighth college this month when the
university's School of Education became the College of Education - home to the
university's teacher credential programs, which served more than 1,800 students
"Creating an eighth college is a move to expand leadership in teacher preparation
on campus," said CSUF President Milton A. Gordon. "This is another milestone for
Cal State Fullerton. Even in tough budgetary times, we must not let that stop us
from positioning ourselves to excel."
Gordon named Ashley L. Bishop, chair of the Reading Department, to a two-year
term as acting dean of the new college. Plans call for a national search to be
conducted for a permanent dean.
Bishop has been responsible for the accreditation process for the university's
education programs and has served on various university committees, including
those dealing with curriculum, general education and graduate education. The
Irvine resident also has served as a consultant to local school districts.
Known for his scholarship in the areas of reading and literacy, Bishop has written
numerous articles, co-authored three books and conducted more than 500 workshops
and seminars locally and throughout the nation.
"It is with real pleasure that I assume this position," said Bishop. "Having been
with the university for 28 years, I have come to value and respect the students
who have earned their teaching credentials and/or graduate degrees from Fullerton.
They are making a tremendous difference in our schools. Much of our students'
success can be attributed to faculty members of the College of Education. They
bring a powerful combination of rich experiences as teachers and researchers to
the instructional setting. I look forward to the next two years working closely
with Fullerton's students, faculty and the educational community."
Bishop earned his doctorate from Arizona State University in 1972 and taught for
four years at Indiana University before joining the Cal State Fullerton faculty
in 1976. Bishop received his bachelor's degree in elementary education and a
master's degree in reading from San Diego State University.
The College of Education will align Fullerton's organizational structure,
management and leadership with sister CSU campuses and create a streamlined
institutional organization that can more effectively respond to increasing demands
on teacher education, noted Roberta Rikli, dean of the College of Human Development
and Community Service, from which the new college emerged.
The College of Education includes the departments of Educational Leadership,
Elementary and Bilingual Education, Reading, Secondary Education and Special
Education. A program in instructional design and technology and a joint doctoral
program in educational administration and leadership, which welcomed its first
students in January, also are part of the new college.
During the 2003-04 academic year, 67 full-time faculty members and 172 part-time
lecturers taught 474 course offerings in the School of Education.
"We believe that by establishing a separate and distinct college, our students
will benefit from the enhanced status of a degree program within a College of
Education," said Louise Adler, chair and professor of educational leadership.
"We also will be able to continue to attract high-caliber faculty members to
ensure that our future students receive a first-class education."
In the university's organizational structure, its eight colleges consist of
divisions, departments and programs. The former School of Education was formed
Prior to that, a division of education had been the parent administrative unit
for the departments concerned with teacher preparation. In 1975, then-president
L. Donald Shields, converted the school back to a division within the School of
Human Development and Community Service. Years later, this division re-emerged as
a school. This spring, the Academic Senate recommended to Gordon the formation
of the College of Education.
It is among just 14 universities in the state (out of about 120) to hold national
accreditation. "The school received a stellar accreditation review in 2000," said
Carmen Z. Dunlap, chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education.
"We are one of the major engines driving teacher education in Orange County," said
L.Y. "Mickey" Hollis, acting associate dean, who is retiring this month. "We
have one of the strongest programs in the state, and our recent data indicates
that not only are our students qualified, they generally exceed expectations."
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