February 23, 2006
Clara Potes-Fellow, 562/951-4800, firstname.lastname@example.org
The California State University will begin offering the system's first independent educational doctorate programs in 2007 with seven campuses: Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco.
"This initial list of CSU campuses positions us well to begin to address the regional need for education doctorates in the state," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We intend to add more campuses over the next four years to fully address the growing need for highly qualified educational leaders."
In 2008, six campuses will be added: Bakersfield, East Bay, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Jose, and Stanislaus. The Ed.D. programs will continue to roll out across the 23-campus CSU system as new campuses complete their planning and preparation.
The new educational leadership doctorate programs build upon the CSU's solid expertise in the field of education to meet new workforce demands for advanced training for the administrators in California's public K-12 and community colleges.
The CSU historically had its origins in teacher colleges, and the preparation of teachers and educational leaders has remained one of its core missions. However, under California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the CSU could only offer bachelor and master's degree programs. That restriction was removed by SB 724, enacted in September 2005, which allowed the CSU for the first time since its founding to independently offer the higher degree.
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excelleence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. www.calstate.edu