Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento State to launch
new education doctorate
State will begin offering an independent doctorate in educational leadership
in fall 2007. The program will provide advanced training for administrators
in elementary and secondary schools and community colleges.
The new program came about
through legislation that allowed California State University campuses to offer
doctorates, traditionally a role limited to University of California campuses
or to CSU campuses which offered their program in conjunction with a UC campus.
The CSU Chancellor’s Office identified Sacramento State as one of the
campuses that will offer the doctorate in an announcement last week.
President Alexander Gonzalez
will hold a meeting for the campus community on the new doctorate from 3 to
4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the University Union Ballroom.
“The goal is to give
education leaders the knowledge and skills they need to be effective,”
says Mike Lee, associate vice president and dean for Academic Programs at the
University. “The independent degree will also allow professionals to earn
a degree while working full time.”
The cornerstone of the program
will be a solid partnership with K-12 and community college leaders in the region,
Lee says. “They will play an active role in developing the curriculum
and teaching in the program. Input from the partners will factor substantively
in the program design.”
Lee says the campus will
also rely heavily on its education faculty and faculty from other related disciplines
in creating the new program. “They will help define the curriculum and
admission standards. We’re looking for the optimal level of cooperation
for all involved.”
Once the curriculum and
structure for the program are established and approved by the campus, it will
need to be approved by the CSU Board of Trustees, the California Postsecondary
Education Commission and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Sacramento State is one
of seven CSU campuses that will be offering the program. The others are Fresno,
Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Francisco. Lee says
Sacramento State was selected in part because of the demand in the region for
higher education leaders and because of the strength of its faculty. Other campuses
will be added in future.
The University will continue
its joint doctorate program with UC Davis and Sonoma State. In fact, Lee says,
the joint program will be a jumping-off point for the independent doctorate.
“The expertise and experience of the faculty here will be an asset as
we develop and build the new program.”
For more information on
the independent doctorate in education, contact Lee at (916) 278-5933. Media
assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State public affairs office
at (916) 278-6156.
State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156 firstname.lastname@example.org