California State University and University of California Fund New Joint Doctoral Programs in Education

(July 3, 2002) The California State University and the University of California Joint Ed.D. Board has awarded $910,000 to campuses in both systems to fund the first round of joint doctoral programs in education, set to begin in 2003.

"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 California State University system. "The programs will increase the number of educators with doctorates serving the growing needs of California's public schools and community colleges."

Collaborating CSU and UC campuses applied for planning, development, or implementation grants. The Board awarded the following amounts:

  • $405,000 to San Jose State, San Francisco State, CSU Hayward, and UC Berkeley for the implementation of a joint Ed.D. program in urban education to begin in summer 2003
  • $325,000 to CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Irvine for the development of a joint Ed.D. program in educational leadership to begin in fall 2003
  • $150,000 to San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz for the development of a joint Ed.D. program in educational leadership to begin in 2003/04
  • $30,000 to San Diego State, CSU San Marcos, and UC San Diego for the planning of a joint Ed.D. program in educational leadership to begin in winter 2004.
The CSU/UC Joint Ed.D. Board was established in November 2001 after the two universities reached agreement to create more joint doctoral programs in education to meet California's educational leadership needs. Upon reaching the agreement, the CSU and the UC each committed $1 million per year for the first two years for a total of $4 million.

The agreement capped a year-long effort on the part of the CSU to make Ed.D. programs more accessible and affordable to working educators in all California regions. It will especially serve the needs of kindergarten through 12th grade and community college educators who want advanced preparation for meeting the complex challenges facing these institutions.

The initiative builds upon the strengths of each university system to create rigorous, top quality doctoral programs in education for working professionals. Chaired by the chief academic officers of the two systems, the program will involve both CSU and UC faculty.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow (562) 951-4806

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Last Updated: 3 July 2002

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