Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- October 20, 2004

Cal Poly Makes History; First Doctoral Students Arrive on Campus

The College of Education welcomed seven students in the university’s first joint doctoral program, making history as the first doctoral candidates enrolled in classes on the Cal Poly campus.

After an initial year at our partner school, UC Santa Barbara, the students began their second year in the new degree program in educational leadership at Cal Poly fall quarter 2004.

“We are creating a new graduate culture where students blend Cal Poly’s mission of “learn by doing” with the strong research traditions of UCSB,” said Jim Gentilucci, co-director of the program and a faculty member in Cal Poly’s College of Education. “We believe this research-practice nexus will create new answers to educational problems that have plagued schools for decades.”

Students enrolled in the first cohort are Patty Grady, assistant principal, Santa Maria-Bonita School District; Lynn Lamb, teacher, Lucia Mar Unified School District; Holly Edds, principal, Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt; Janice Wellman, reading/resource specialist, Lucia Mar Unified School District; Kevin Bontenbal, instructional technology librarian, Cuesta College; Anne Marie Rose, lecturer, Cal State Bakersfield; and James Brescia, principal, Saint Rose Catholic School, Paso Robles.

Cal Poly and UCSB have admitted a second doctoral cohort of 10 students who began their coursework at the UCSB campus this fall. Recruitment is under way for the third cohort for fall 2005.

To learn more about this innovative doctoral program or to request application materials, visit the program Web site at or contact the UCSB Program Office at (805) 893-3936

Contact: Jim Gentilucci,College of Education(805) 756-5373

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