Campus: CSU Hayward -- September 20, 2002

Cal State Hayward To Offer Joint Doctoral Program To Prepare School Administrators for Urban School District Leadership

California State University campus at Hayward, San Francisco, and San Jose will begin participating in a joint doctorate program starting in the summer of 2003 to prepare educators and administrators to serve in leadership positions for urban school districts throughout the state.

The three-year Ed.D degree program will be offered in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The campuses will share in a $405,000 grant awarded in July by the Joint Ed.D Board of the California State University system and the University of California system.

The grant allowing Cal State Hayward to continue its collaboration with San Francisco State, San Jose State, and UC Berkeley is part of a $910,000 allocation to fund four educational doctoral degree programs involving other CSUs and UC campuses.

"The grants confirm the serious commitment to the joint Ed.D. initiative by both the CSU and the UC systems," said Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the CSU. "The programs will increase the number of educators with doctorates serving the growing needs of California's public schools and community colleges."

"The doctoral degree program involving CSUH was developed by a joint doctoral planning committee in urban educational leadership composed of members from four campuses, which has been meeting for the past four years," said Emily Brizendine, associate dean of Cal State Hayward's School of Education and Allied Studies and the university's co-coordinator of the joint doctoral program.

"This joint doctoral program builds upon the mutual strengths of our four universities to prepare future leaders for California's urban public schools systems and community colleges to meet the needs of K-12 students," said Brizendine. "We are responding to compelling conditions in the field, which include access to higher level degrees limited to the few who are economically able to pay the high cost of programs offered by private institutions. In addition, there is a lack of diversity among higher levels of K-12 school leadership, and a crisis of urban educational leadership."

Brizendine explained that the degree program will respond to the leadership challenge by producing up to 15 graduates annually who are prepared to address the complexities of leading urban school districts in the state. Students in the program will continue to work as public school teachers and administrators and will attend doctoral classes during off-work hours at the CSU campus most convenient to where they live or work. During the summer, intensive seminar classes will be held on the UC Berkeley campus.

This joint doctoral preparation program will provide an emphasis on urban areas as resource-rich environments for teaching and learning, with a focus on high student performance.

Cal State Hayward has provided leadership in the four-year development of the joint doctoral program because of its commitment to develop qualified academic administrators needed for K-12 students in urban schools and community colleges. This commitment is consistent with long-standing elements of CSUH's Department of Educational Leadership programs. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recognized the quality of Cal State's leadership programs as early as 1987, in ranking CSUH as No. 1 in its review of 40 administrative preparation programs.

"We appreciate the confidence that the CSU and UC systems have demonstrated by including us in this joint degree program," said Arthurlene Towner, dean of Cal State Hayward's School of Education and Allied Studies. "Our school has been at the forefront of preparing educators to lead, teach, and counsel California's K-12 students."

That sentiment was echoed by Norma Rees, CSUH President.

"This is a great moment in the 44-year history of Cal State Hayward," Rees said. "We're proud to have a role in enhancing the qualifications of administrators in schools and community colleges."

The initiative to allow California State University campuses to prepare to offer doctoral studies programs was formalized last November when the CSU and UC systems reached agreement to make such programs more accessible and affordable to working educators in all regions of the state.

Persons wishing to get admission information on the joint doctoral training program should contact Emily Brizendine, at Cal State Hayward, at (510) 885-7418; David Hemphill, at San Francisco State, at (415) 338-2689; Celestine Villa, at San Jose State, at (408) 924-3660; or Elizabeth Reilly, at UC Berkeley, at (510) 642-7698.

Contact: Barry Zepel, Office of Public Affairs, (510) 885-3884

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