CSU and UC Partner to Jointly Offer Ed.D.s Statewide

The California State University and the University of California have reached agreement to jointly develop, implement and fund educational doctoral programs that will provide better access to high quality, affordable Ed.D.s for California's students.

"This is a win-win situation for the California State University and the University of California, but even more, it will be of significant benefit to students in all regions of the state," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The most important aspect is that we will be serving the needs of K-12 and community college leaders who want to continue their own education, which in turn will further the education of their students."

A joint CSU-UC board will be created that will solicit, develop, fund and expedite proposals for new Ed.D. programs. Both CSU and UC will contribute $2 million each over the first two years to fund the proposals, and are committed to developing programs that meet the educational leadership needs of specific regions across California.

"This agreement builds on the mutual strengths of the CSU and the UC," said David S. Spence, CSU's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. "Plus, it is responsive to the many K-12 and community college educators around the state who told us of the need for more accessible graduate programs in educational leadership."

Campuses will be encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible to the joint board so they can be evaluated. Programs could begin as soon as fall 2002, said Chancellor Reed, stressing that the agreement is a "co-equal partnership." The joint board will be co-chaired by CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Spence and UC Provost and Senior Vice President C. Judson King.

By combining programs, CSU and UC can serve the state better, with 23 CSU campuses and 10 UC campuses, making the programs more geographically available. A joint regional assessment process will be developed to ensure that the leadership needs of K-12 and community colleges in all regions of the state are served. Programs will be developed so that Ed.D. students can attend part-time and still remain in their jobs as teachers, faculty or administrators at schools and community colleges.

According to the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California has the sole public authority to offer the doctorate, but in the mid-1960s, UC and CSU partnered to offer a few joint programs. CSU currently offers 17 joint doctoral programs in conjunction with UC campuses or private California universities. Three of the 17 are Ed.Ds and the rest are Ph.D. programs.

Within the last year, the CSU had sought legislation to allow it to offer the Ed.D. independently because of the need for more accessible, affordable programs. CSU had extensive support from state lawmakers for SB 713, which was authored by Senator Dede Alpert, D-Coronado. It had been scheduled to be heard in Sacramento in January.

The CSU has the expertise and K-12 and community college connections that enable it to take a greater role in Ed.D. programs. The CSU currently prepares roughly 3 out of every 5 teachers in California and about half of its K-12 administrators.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2001

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