|The CSU/UC Irvine Joint Ed.D. Program in Educational Administration and Leadership prepares administrative leaders for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education institutions.|
An inaugural celebration for the CSU/UC Irvine Joint Ed.D. Program in Educational Administration and Leadership took place on April 27 at UC Irvine. At this event, Joan Bissell, dean of the College of Education & Integrative Studies, was honored with a Special Recognition Award for her involvement with the year-old doctoral program.
The doctorate degree program, offered jointly with the California State University (campuses of Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Pomona) and UC Irvine, prepares administrative leaders for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education institutions.
Last year, the five area universities introduced a Joint Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program specially designed to prepare a new generation of administrative leaders in education. The three-year, ?fast track? program has four areas of emphasis: urban educational leadership, higher education and community college leadership, educational technology leadership and K-12 instructional leadership. A distinguishing feature of the program is its emphasis on how to plan, initiate and assess local reforms for improving educational programs and outcomes.
This partnership is the largest of its kind in the state ? more than twice the size of any similar partnership for this kind of doctoral degree.
Prior to coming to Cal Poly Pomona in August 2003, Bissell served as UCI?s program co-director of the Joint Doctor of Education degree program. Bissell was principal author of the program proposal and saw the program through its initial implementation.
Upon receiving her Special Recognition Award, Bissell explained that the program began as ?a vision that we could create a regional consortium, and through that consortium we would be able to prepare a new generation of leaders who would do what this state needs desperately.?
?The research that comes from this program will in fact be opening new boundaries, new ways of structuring and delivering education that take advantage of technology, that overcome digital divides, that create schools in urban settings where young people, regardless of their color and language, succeed,? she said.
For more information on the CSU/UCI Joint Ed.D. in Education and Leadership, contact Shahnaz Lotfipour, program co-director, at (909) 869-2255 or visit www.gse.uci.edu/csu-uci-edd.