Joint Statement from the California State University and the University of California

More Education Doctorates to be offered through Agreement with the California State University, the University of California and the Legislature

CSU Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4800, caba@calstate.edu
UC Contact: Brad Hayward, (510) 987-9195, brad.hayward@ucop.edu

(July 5, 2005) - The California State University and the University of California have worked with Sen. Jack Scott to amend Senate Bill 724, his legislation giving the CSU the ability to offer specific independent doctorates. Amendments to SB 724 were presented today (July 5) to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

The CSU and the UC mutually agreed to the amendments, which will focus solely on the education doctorate. Currently, the University of California is the only segment of public higher education in California authorized to offer independent doctorates (the CSU grants joint doctorates with the UC and some private universities).

The agreement grants an exception to the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education. That plan delineates the functions among the three segments of California higher education, which also includes the California Community Colleges. The Master Plan has allowed the state to provide universal student access to postsecondary education while preserving quality.

The new agreement will authorize the CSU to independently award a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) designed to meet state needs for training current and future K-12 and community college administrators.

According to the bill’s amendments, the Ed.D. “shall be based in partnerships through which the California public schools and California Community Colleges shall participate substantively in program design, candidate recruitment and admissions, teaching, and program assessment and evaluation. The degree shall enable professionals to earn the degree while working full-time.”

This agreement builds on the mutual strengths of CSU and UC campuses while remaining consistent with the basic tenets of the Master Plan for Higher Education. It is also responsive to the state’s needs for training programs for educational leaders across all of the segments.

UC will continue to offer its own doctoral degrees in education (both the Ph.D. and the Ed.D.), and both systems will continue to offer a wide variety of degree and non-degree training and professional development programs for teachers and administrators.

Originally, SB 724 also contained provisions that would have allowed the CSU to offer independent doctorates in audiology, physical therapy and other fields. Under the agreement, the CSU and UC will work to expand joint doctoral programs in audiology to meet the state’s workforce needs in this critical area. The two higher education systems expect to develop a joint budget request for state support of these programs.

The CSU immediately will begin the planning process to offer the independent Ed.D. to meet the workforce needs of the state. The first students are expected to be admitted to the Ed.D. programs at CSU in Fall 2007.

With today’s Assembly Higher Education Committee approval, SB 724 will still need to be approved by the full Assembly and go back to the Senate for consent before being sent to the governor for final approval.

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Last Updated: July 5, 2005

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