November 19, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 7

Cal State, UC Agree to Expand Joint Education Doctorates

Northridge Already Talking with UCSB About Programs in Curriculum and Educational Administration

The Cal State system has reached a historic agreement with the University of California to expand the offering of joint doctoral programs in education, helping open the door for exploration of the first doctoral program at Cal State Northridge.

The agreement caps a yearlong effort by the CSU to make the Ed.D. degree more accessible and affordable to California's working educators. Northridge's College of Education already has been discussing two possible joint doctoral programs that could be offered with UC Santa Barbara.

Dean Philip Rusche of Northridge's College of Education said administrators and faculty members at both campuses appear committed to pursuing potential joint doctoral programs in education. But Rusche said it may be some time before any final decisions are reached.

A joint Northridge-UCSB committee was formed last summer to begin exploring a joint doctoral program in curriculum instruction, Rusche said. Currently, the two universities are forming another joint committee to explore a potential Ed.D. program in educational administration.

At the CSU system level, Chancellor Charles B. Reed praised the outcome reached by the two university systems. "This is a win-win situation for the California State University and the University of California. But even more, it will be of significant benefit to students in all regions of the state," Reed said.

"The most important aspect is that we will be serving the needs of K-12 and community college leaders who want to continue their own education, which in turn will further the education of their students," Reed added.

The new agreement, described as a "co-equal partnership," achieves the CSU's goal of rapidly expanding the availability of public Ed.D. programs. The agreement creates a joint CSU-UC Ed.D. board, which will be co-chaired by David Spence, the CSU's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, and his counterpart in the UC system, C. Judson King, provost and senior vice president.

CSU campuses will be encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible to the joint board so they can be evaluated. The board immediately will begin developing and implementing proposals for more joint Ed.D. programs. The first new programs could begin as early as fall 2002.

The two university systems have agreed to spend $2 million each on the effort for the first two years. Programs will be developed so that Ed.D. students can attend part-time and still remain in their jobs as teachers, faculty or administrators at schools and community colleges.

Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California has the sole public authority to offer the doctorate. But in the mid-1960s, the UC and CSU partnered to offer a few joint programs. CSU campuses currently offer 17 doctoral programs in conjunction with UC campuses or private universities.

Three of the 17 are Ed.D.s in education, and the rest are Ph.D. programs, although none of those are at Cal State Northridge. The CSU system already prepares about three of every five teachers in California and about half of its K-12 administrators.

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