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A New Doctorate in the House

SF State addresses the need for well-prepared public school and community college administrators

Vincent Matthews, interim state administrator for Oakland's Unified School District, says the greatest challenge in education today is the achievement gap -- the fact that African American and Latino students continue to score below their white and Asian peers."The gap is not closing. It's the issue academic leaders in the K-14 system need to figure out."

Meanwhile, at Berkeley City College, Deborah Budd, vice president of instruction, sees high school graduates who still need training in basic skills. Among them are non-native English speakers struggling with reading and writing."Students' needs are different than they were 20 years ago," she says.

Both administrators are seeking solutions to these problems in SF State's new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. The three-year intensive weekend program for K-12 and community college leaders began this fall.

The Ed.D., the University's first independent doctorate degree, is the result of groundbreaking legislation passed in 2005, which allows California State Universities to offer independent education doctorates.

The interdisciplinary program draws from the expertise of faculty in business, ethnic studies, humanities and public administration. David Hemphill, interim director of the Ed.D program, says, "We're interested in training leaders of districts with a strong imperative to move toward educational equity."

The program aims to meet a projected staffing shortage of education leaders in California as many retire while the number of students continues to grow.

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