The 10th cohort of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Sacramento State has now begun classes, kicking off the term with an Orientation session on August 12 in the University Union.
Interim Provost Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee welcomed the students, who also heard from Örn Bodvarsson, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS), Associate Dean Chris Boosalis and Interim Associate Dean Ana Garcia-Nevarez.
The partnership between the College of Education and SSIS’s Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA) is a particular reason to pursue an Ed.D. at Sacramento State, Professor and PPA Chair Ted Lascher told the students: “This is a unique program in terms of combining both education and public policy. It’s truly a partnership and collaboration working with people from education backgrounds. That makes this program really unique.”
Cohort 3 graduate Jenni Murphy confirmed the value of being trained in policy analysis during a question and answer session. Educational leaders at any level routinely confront institutional, program, national or state policy issues, she pointed out. “Having a command of how to say, here’s the background, here are the issues, these are the problems we’re trying to solve, these are the triggers, this is how we would be transparent in the policy – will give you an edge that others don’t have,” she said. “Not all programs have that in it, and because of the partnership with Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Public Policy and Administration – and also being in the capitol – that is a really great value added to the program.”
To round out the Q&A session also featuring Cohort 7 graduate Esther Hattingh and Cohort 8 candidate Katrina Pimental, Cohort 3 graduate Vridiana Diaz shared tips for new doctoral students via video. The group also got a tour of the library’s special rooms for doctoral students.
Noteworthy is the diversity of Cohort 10, which confirms Sacramento State’s status among the top 100 minority degree producers in the nation for 2015, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The University takes pride in being the seventh-most-diverse campus west of the Mississippi. The doctorate program contributes to the diversity of educational leaders throughout the region, a need often cited by professional journals, social justice groups, and the news media alike.