Faculty Participation in the Development of Applied Doctoral Degree Programs

AS-2716-05/TEKR/AA - September 16, 2005


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) acknowledge the efforts of both the Chancellor and the California State University community to secure authorization from the California Legislature to develop independent applied doctoral degree programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU applaud the CSU's leadership in recognizing the need to alleviate the significant shortage of highly qualified and effective educational leaders in California and its contributions to the successful passage of SB 724 which would authorize the CSU to offer independent applied doctoral degrees in education; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU reaffirm the principles related to both the development and the quality of applied doctoral degree programs ensuring that such programs meet the highest national standards as articulated in AS-2532-01/FGA/TEKR, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU strongly support the involvement of both our Community College and K-12 colleagues in the development of applied doctoral degree programs in education within the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU establish an ad hoc committee, comprised of members of the Academic Senate (including representation from both its Teacher Education and K-12 Relations Committee and its Academic Affairs Committee), that will draft and propose to the Academic Senate CSU, principles and guidelines to be applied during the development and implementation of applied doctoral degree programs in education, to ensure both the participation of, and contributions from senators with expertise in professional education, educator preparation, and knowledge of national professional and accreditation standards of quality in applied doctoral degree programs, during this process.

RATIONALE: California State Senate bill 724 (SB 724) has been passed by both the Assembly and the Senate and awaits gubernatorial approval to become law. The provisions of this bill authorize the CSU both to develop applied doctoral degree programs and to offer applied doctoral degrees in education. The primary motivation for the promulgation of law in this area was recognition by both the State Legislature and the educational community there exists a chronic unmet need for adequate numbers of highly qualified leaders in California's K-12 schools and California Community Colleges. Through the efforts of the Chancellor of the CSU, and the broader CSU community, and members of the California Legislature, a remedy to address this unmet need has been crafted. If enacted and properly implemented, SB 724 will provide a vehicle through which highly qualified educational leadership personnel will be prepared. The successful implementation of provisions contained within SB 724 demands that members of the CSU faculty with specific expertise in the advanced preparation of professional educators and related professional standards, provide guidance and expertise during the development of principles and procedures for program design, development, approval and implementation.

Approved Unanimously - September 16, 2005

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