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CSU Trustees Approve Tuition Fee Increase for
Education Doctorate Programs

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(January 25, 2011) – The California State University Board of Trustees Committee on Finance today approved a 10 percent increase to the tuition fee for the university's Doctor of Education degree (EdD) programs for the 2011-12 academic year.  Beginning in the fall of 2011, tuition fees will increase by $954 annually and will total $10,500 per year. 

State law permits the board to increase the CSU education doctorate tuition fee to the level adopted by the University of California Regents, which for 2011-2012 is $11,064.  However, the 10 percent increase approved by the CSU trustees is consistent with levels set for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students for fall 2011.  The CSU board adopted a two-step tuition increase last November, as the system was faced with an uncertain state fiscal outlook, as well as increasing enrollment demands.   

In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently award the Doctor of Education degree with the signing of Senate Bill 724, authored by Senator Jack Scott, who now serves as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.  The focus of the CSU's EdD program is to prepare administrative leaders for California public schools and community colleges.  There are approximately 700 students participating in the programs offered at 11 campuses (East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Stanislaus).  There were 89 members of the first cohort - who entered the program in 2007 - to graduate in 2010.  

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