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Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
CSULB to Offer Independent Doctorate

F. King Alexander during conference

President F. King Alexander during press conference announcing independent doctorate of education degree.

CSULB will be one of the first campuses in The California State University system to offer the independent doctorate of education degree. Until Gov. Schwarzenegger signed SB 724 in September, state universities were only able to offer joint doctoral degrees in cooperation with private universities or the University of California.

“This is a historic day for our university and for the CSU,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Today our public universities must address the increasing societal demands for high quality and affordable advanced graduate education. We are excited to be able to collaborate with our public school superintendents and community college presidents to develop a doctoral program that will address these important educational needs.”

Work force demand for doctoral training for administrative leaders for K-12 schools and higher education leaders has far exceeded the state’s ability to provide it. California has fallen significantly behind the rest of the nation in terms of awarding education doctorates, with one Ed.D. awarded for every 14,700 students in this state, compared to one for every 9,400 students nationwide.

“Not only will we be able to send more qualified people into public education’s administrative leadership, we will be able to do it at a significantly lower cost for the students,” Alexander said. “Until now, the majority of those who sought Ed.D. degrees turned to private colleges and universities and paid much higher tuitions than will be available through the CSU. At CSULB, we will not only offer one of the best doctoral education degrees in the nation but we will be able to offer it at about one-fifth the average cost of earning a doctorate in education through most private institutions.”

CSULB’s independent doctoral program will begin in fall 2007.

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