Successful Implementation of SB 724 (Scott) for the
CSU Independent Ed.D. Degree



RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) acknowledge the successful implementation of SB 724 (Scott), which authorized the California State University (CSU) to offer an independent Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend the Governor, Legislature, CSU Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, Assistant Vice Chancellor and State University Dean for their leadership in helping to launch an innovative, systemwide effort for the CSU independent Ed.D. degree; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU congratulate the eleven CSU campuses for now serving 576 students and graduating the first CSU independent Ed.D. student cohorts this summer; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU extend special thanks to the CSU faculty and staff for highly effective and interdisciplinary contributions, and the P-12 school and community college partners for collaborative and intersegmental support; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Governor and leadership of the California State Legislature, former senator and current Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Jack Scott, CSU Chancellor and staff, CSU presidents and provosts, CSU campus senate chairs and Ed.D. directors.

RATIONALE: In September of 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 724 (Scott), which for the first time allowed the California State University to offer an independent doctoral degree. Prior to SB 724, CSU could only offer joint doctorate programs with the University of California or with a private university.

Recognizing the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead public school and community college reform efforts, the state supported CSU’s request to offer graduate level instruction that would lead to the Doctorate of Education degree. The Doctorate of Education degree offered by the California State University is focused on preparing administrative leaders for California public school districts and community colleges, providing the knowledge and skills needed by administrators to be effective leaders for California public schools and community colleges.

It is apparent from the report ( by Dr. Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, that the CSU independent Ed.D. has been a great success.  In her report, Dr. Young provides an update on the CSU Education Doctorate (Ed.D.). The program implementation has been very effective, with 11 campus programs now serving 576 students, 333 preparing to be P-12 educational leaders and 243 preparing for community college leadership positions.

The program is serving a diverse group of candidates: more than 20% are Latino, over 15% are African American, 7% are Asian American, and about half are white. In the first offering, in 2007, 150 candidates entered the program. This group is now completing its third year, and just over 100 are projected to earn their Ed.D. degree by this summer.

The program has had unusually low attrition rates--only approximately 5%. The high persistence reflects in part the strength of the cohort model of the program and the study of problems relevant to candidates’ work. In addition, CSU has worked to keep fees at a moderate level; providing greater access to high quality preparation throughout the state.


Approved Without Dissent – May 6-7, 2010



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