Campus: Long Beach -- February 24, 2006

Cal State Long Beach to be Among 1st CSUs to Offer Independent Doctorate of Education Degree

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will be one of the first campuses in the California State University system to offer the independent doctorate of education degree. Until Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 724 in September, state universities were only able to offer joint doctoral degrees in cooperation with private universities or the University of California.

"This is a historic day for our university and for the CSU," said CSULB President F. King Alexander. "Today our public universities must address the increasing societal demands for high quality and affordable advanced graduate education. We are excited to be able to collaborate with our public school superintendents and community college presidents to develop a doctoral program that will address these important educational needs."

Workforce demand for doctoral training for administrative leaders for K-12 schools and higher education leaders has far exceeded the state's ability to provide it. California has fallen significantly behind the rest of the nation in terms of awarding education doctorates, with one Ed.D. awarded for every 14,700 students in this state, compared to one for every 9,400 students nationwide.

"Not only will we be able to send more qualified people into public education's administrative leadership, we will be able to do it at a significantly lower cost for the students," Alexander said. "Until now, the majority of those who sought Ed.D. degrees turned to private colleges and universities and paid much higher tuitions than will be available through the CSU. At Cal State Long Beach, we will not only offer one of the best doctoral education degrees in the nation but we will be able to offer it at about one-fifth the average cost of earning a doctorate in education through most private institutions."

Expressing support for the independent doctorate program, Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools, Long Beach Unified School District, said, "Dr. Alexander and the CSU system are taking the university to a higher level. This major development directly benefits our schools and students. CSULB has an excellent record of success to build upon. Producing the best- prepared school leaders is only a logical extension of producing the best-prepared teachers.

"The Long Beach Unified School District, as a seamless education partner with LBCC and CSULB, hopes to recruit the brightest and best of the new Long Beach doctoral candidates," Steinhauser continued. "We have a symbiotic relationship with Cal State. Our best graduates become their best students. Their best graduates become our best teachers and school leaders. We are so fortunate to be part of a supportive community that values education. From preschool through this new doctorate, our students have never been better served."

Jan Kehoe, superintendent-president of Long Beach City College, said, "We at Long Beach City College congratulate and celebrate CSULB's selection to offer one of the first independent doctorate degrees in education. This reaffirms great instructional quality and seamlessness in the Long Beach area and assures well prepared future leaders for our educational institutions."

CSULB's independent doctoral program will begin in fall 2007.

Media Contacts:
Toni Beron, (562) 985-8201, (CSULB)
Rick Gloady, (562) 985-5454, (CSULB)
Chris Eftychiou, (562) 997-8016, (LBUSD)
Chi-Chung Keung, (562) 938-4723, (LBCC)

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