Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The California State University education doctorate: Public policy for the public good
by Garcia, Robert, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 131; 3448619
Abstract (Summary)

In 2005, the California Legislature authorized the California State University (CSU) to begin offering doctorates in education. SB 724, authored by Senator Jack Scott, has altered the California Master Plan for Education by eliminating the University of California's monopoly on public doctoral education. The overall objective of this study was to document efforts in the development and passage of SB 724, and to draw conclusions about the bill as a reform for the public good.

The centerpiece of the study is a qualitative examination of the process and passage of SB 724 through interviews and document collection. This case study included 10 interviews of past and present legislators, administrators, staff and other key players who had deep knowledge about SB 724 and its history.

The major findings in this report reveal that SB 724 was crafted to address a series of important public needs including access for students, cost of programs, and a state shortage of educators with doctorates. This report also finds that the dissatisfaction with aspects of the joint program, and its own ambition to offer independent doctorates, drove the CSU to support SB 724. Additionally, the report notes that the University of California was strongly opposed to SB 724 and viewed the legislation as an affront to the Master Plan for Education. Finally, this report concludes that those interviewed do not consider SB 724 a major educational reform, or a reform to the California Master Plan, but an alteration or change.

Recommendations for policy and practice include encouragement for the CSU to seek other independent professional doctorates and for the CSU to create a website to collect all the documents and records about the passage of SB 724 for future scholars and practioners. Recommendations for future research on evaluation of programs, effects on private institutions, and legislative perceptions and knowledge are also presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ortiz, Anna
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Higher education
Keywords: California State University, Education doctorate, Public good
Publication Number: 3448619
ISBN: 978-1-124-55047-3
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