Campus: Sonoma State University -- August 9, 2002
Sonoma Joins UC Davis And Sacramento State To
Offer Ed.D In Educational Leadership For K-12, Community Colleges
Sonoma State University along with the University of California, Davis
and California State University, Sacramento has applied for a planning
grant that would be the first step in bringing a joint Doctorate of
Education Program in Educational Leadership to the three campuses.
The goal of the program is to produce increasing numbers of leaders
with critical skills to take action in advancing educational practice
in pre-K-12 and community college environments.
There will be two strands to the planned program, one focusing on leadership
needs of pre-K-12, and one on the needs of community colleges. In both
strands, students will be actively engaged by faculty in research that
addresses today’s problems faced by schools and colleges.
"California is facing a severe shortage of effective, high quality
educational leaders in pre-kindergarten through community college settings,
" says Dr. Phyllis Fernlund, Dean of the School of Education at
Sonoma State University.
"With a rapidly growing, highly diverse student population, monumental
resource needs, and complex accountability issues, the state’s
educational system is experiencing acute pressure to retain and recruit
qualified administrators at all levels," the Dean says.
Community colleges are also facing a significant shortage of educational
leaders, and many of the same complex issues affecting K-12 public school
administrators apply to community college administrators as well, Fernlund
For these reasons SSU, U. C. Davis, and CSU Sacramento have decided
to consider a high quality Joint Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership
that addresses the needs of both the pre-K-12 schools and the community
colleges in northern California.
The three campuses have agreed to create a joint faculty work team,
and the faculty work team will assemble an advisory committee drawn
from educational leaders in the pre-K-12 schools and community colleges
in the region.
The outcomes of the planning grant are: 1) meet with the advisory committee
to consider regional educational needs, 2) conduct additional needs
assessments as appropriate to inform academic and administrative program
planning, and 3) prepare a Joint Ed.D. program development proposal
in anticipation of a development grant submission for Fall 2002.
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