California State University, Fresno with California State University, Channel Islands

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California State University, Fresno with

California State University, Channel Islands

Collaborative Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Section I: Institutional and Program Overview

A. Program Overview

1. Name of proposed degree program.

California State University, Fresno with California State University Channel Islands Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

2. Initial date of offering.

Summer Semester, 2015 (June)

3. Percent of the program being offered via distance education and/or off-campus, if applicable

This program is comprised of 9 core courses (27 units or 405 contact hours), 7 specialization courses (21 units, 315 contact hours) and 12 hours of dissertation units, for a total of 60 units that can be completed in a three-year period. Of 720 course contact hours, 180 will be offered in person during three summer residencies, each of which will be one week long (60 contact hours per residency). 25% of contact hours will therefore occur in person (180/720), via this summer residency element of the program.

Additionally, approximately 12 of the 45 contact hours per course (26.7%) is envisioned for synchronous online learning experiences using videoconferencing and synchronous discussion tools, bringing the total of face-to-face and synchronous learning time in the program to 51.7% (25% summer residency + 26.7% synchronous online).

B. Descriptive Background, History, and Context

1. Provide a brief description of the institution(s), including the broader institutional context in which the new program will exist. Connect the anticipated substantive change with the mission, purpose, and strategic plan of the institution(s).

Context, Mission, Purpose and Strategic Plans:

The doctoral program is part of a system-wide effort to offer the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Brief narratives follow, describing each component of that effort: (1) California State University System, (2) California State University, Fresno and its Kremen School of Education and Human Development, and its Department of Educational Research and Administration, and (3) California State University Channel Islands, its School of Education and its Educational Leadership Program.

CSU System

The CSU is the largest, most diverse and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The system has 23 campuses, 405,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff. Preparation of the staff for public P-12 education in California has been a primary focus of the CSU system since the founding of its first campus as a teacher training institution in 1857. Today, the CSU is a major contributor to the preparation of school leaders in California, with 20 of the 23 CSU campuses offering educational leadership programs. In the recent several years, CSU campuses awarded:

  • 65 % of the Preliminary Administrative Services credentials awarded to new administrators in California (approximately 2,000 credentials in a three year period).

  • 50 % of the Professional Administrative Services credentials awarded to experienced administrators in the State (more than 1,500 credentials in a three year period).

The Preliminary Administrative Services credential programs offered by CSU campuses are typically aligned with Master’s Degree programs in Educational Administration. In view of the significant role and commitment of the CSU to the preparation of educational leaders, the previous chancellor, Charles B. Reed, convened The CSU Presidents Task Force on Education Leadership Programs in early 2003. The Report of the Task Force, available at, provided a vision for a statewide strategy to prepare educational leaders for the ever-changing and challenging demands of 21stCentury educational institutions. It underscored the importance of collaborative partnerships between post-secondary education and the educational institutions in which PreK­–14 leaders will serve.

The CSU played a major role in the delivery of Ed.D. programs through joint Ed.D. programs with the University of California (UC) that involved seven UC and 14 CSU campuses before the CSU began to offer the Ed.D. programs independent of the UC. The CSU has a large group of highly qualified faculty in educational leadership and related fields able to participate in the preparation of educational leaders at a considerably larger scale. To address the need for increased preparation of highly qualified school and community college leaders, the California Legislature enacted legislation authorizing the California State University (CSU) to independently offer the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree in education leadership. Through Senate Bill 724 (Scott—Chapter 269, Statutes of 2005), this authority was signed into law in September 2005.

The CSU has developed a system-wide framework for implementing the new programs in accordance with the legislative framework and all CSU doctoral programs currently being offered adhere to these frameworks. The programs link theory, research and practice in innovative ways through comprehensive participation of experts from Pre-K-12 and Post-secondary education. The partnership design enables students to apply scholarly tools to significant problems of practice in ways that go beyond traditional Ed.D. programs.

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