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An excellent article “Wealth, not income, matters for getting into college” by Dr. Su Jin Jez was published in op-ed section of The Sacramento Bee on March 29, 2015.

In Dr. Su Jin Jez’s opinion we use wealth and income interchangeably in casual conversation, they are not the same thing. When it comes to college opportunity, family wealth matters much more than family income. This excellent article also talks about how family wealth and not family income plays a prominent role in academic achievement and college admissions. And family wealth should be considered as the basis of financial aid. She suggested our policies need to match reality in which first step can be at least start treating the illness properly, by diagnosing the problem accurately and getting the policy prescription right.


Congratulations to Dr. Porfirio Loeza for your appointment as Faculty Ambassador to Mexico and Central America

Drawing of Dr. Loeza by Cynthia, a second grader
Drawing of Dr. Loeza by Cynthia, a second grader

Sacramento State’s Office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs appointed Faculty Ambassadors who will help to cultivate & deepen the University’s global footprint in various regions of the world. The list of ambassadors were selected from a very competitive pool which indicates that Sacramento State faculty and staff are already very active in all major global regions that could be key to our ongoing efforts to strengthen recruitment of international students and build study abroad programs for our resident students. The inaugural group of ambassadors will commence service immediately and continue through the end of the spring 2016 semester.

EDD Program would like to congratulate Dr. Porfirio Loeza, EDD core faculty and all other appointed Ambassadors for their appointment and thank them for agreeing to take on this responsibility as part of California State University Sacramento’s strategic initiative to achieve comprehensive internationalization.  Your support of their efforts will be very highly appreciated!

Chao Vang receiving scholarships and publishing opportunities

Congratulations to Chao Vang for his receipt of the competitive external (UMass Asian American Student Success Program Research Award) and internal (UEI) grant funding to support his research titled, Lost Among The Data: Hmong College Students at California State University, Sacramento. He also received the 2014-2015 Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship and the 2014-2015 45th Anniversary Educational Opportunity Program Community Excellence Award.  1455192_10100182865597933_98577491_n    

His chapter proposal entitled A Student’s Perspective: Cultivating Asian Pacific Islander Americans Student Leaders Through Cross Campus and Community Collaborations at California State University, Sacramento has been accepted to be part of the anthology book titled Models of Practice: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) in Action.

Additionally, he has also been accepted to present the chapter, A Student’s Perspective: Cultivating Asian Pacific Islander Americans Student Leaders Through Cross Campus and Community Collaborations at California State University, Sacramento as a panelists at the upcoming Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) national conference, Many Identities: One Call to Action.

Dr. Rose Borunda is Collaborating

Dr. Rose Borunda has been collaborating extensively with current students and graduates from the California State University Sacramento Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. Here are a few updates:

Dr. Valinda Frost is presenting to Dr. Borunda’s M.S. in Counseling students on the findings of her doctoral research endeavor; “The Effects of Educational Policy on Criminal Peer Abuse.” Raising the capacity of counselors in training to prevent and intervene in relational violence is one of the ways in which Dr. Frost’s work is making a difference.

Dr. Crystal Martinez-Alire is presenting with Dr. Borunda at the Native American Culture Days at U.C. Davis this spring. Their presentation is entitled, Embracing American Indian Ways of Educating: Restoring Culturally Imbedded Practices while Building Pathways towards Student Success.  The research leading to this presentation has led to culturally responsive pilot curriculum related to California Indians being implemented in two California Public Schools. Additionally, Dr. Martinez-Alire, Dr. Borunda, and Research Assistant, Samantha Britto-Jacoby, will present with these educators on the development of this curriculum at the Multicultural Conference that will be hosted at CSUS.

Dr. Borunda will additionally be presenting at the U.C. Davis Native American Culture Days Conference with co-author Dr. Melissa Moreno, Professor & Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies program at Woodland Community College, on the 2nd edition of their book entitled, Speaking from the Heart.

Dr. Fermin Irigoyen and Dr. Viridiana Diaz, graduates of the EDD program, are collaborating with Dr. Borunda, Dr. Romero, Dr. Loeza, and Dr. Amber Gonzalez in creation of a published narrative that follows the successful navigation of public schools. The narratives are inspired by the content of Dr. Irigoyen and Dr. Diaz’s dissertations and will be distributed throughout Spanish speaking communities.

Doctoral Candidates, Chris Knisely and Cassidy Isch, will be presenting this semester in Dr. Borunda’s M.S. in Counseling classes in preparation for their doctoral dissertation defense. Candidate Knisely will present in Dr. Borunda’s Trauma & Crisis class. His topic is “Bridging Behavior Health and Education: Strengthening School Safety Through Behavioral Health Intervention in Higher Education. Candidate Isch will present in Dr. Borunda’s Organization of School Counseling programs on the findings of his research entitled, When Two Cultures Cross: Perceptions of Educational Leaders on the Factors that Support the Missionary Kid’s Re-Entry Process to Their Home Culture.

Dr. Wassmer to Present at Midwest Economic Association on Preschool Education

Dr. Rob Wassmer will present on his research about preschool at the Midwest Economic Association conference in Minneapolis on Saturday March 28, 2015.

Preschool attendance has been shown to not only benefit the later learning of an individual and her subsequent income, but to also provide external benefits to society.  It is for these reasons that concern has arisen regarding the fact that the United States as a whole lags behind other OECD countries in preschool attendance.  However, this deficit in attendance is not consistent across all types of children and locations.  To better understand why, this paper offers a two-stage regression analysis of what influences the preschool attendance of three- to five-year olds using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).  The findings of this paper can help guide the design of policy efforts expected to yield the greatest payout to increasing preschool attendance.  The discovery of a positive influence of nearby available preschool slots on preschool attendance (after controlling for demand-based factors), that is greater in magnitude to influences detected for differences in education and income, suggests the desirability of public policies intended to increase this supply.

Also see his presentation at Sac State on the research during the monthly brownbags below.

Erik Cooper wins 2015 RP Group Award for Dissertation Excellence

Erik Cooper, Cohort 5 member and alumnus of the California State University Sacramento Doctorate in Educational Leadership, was recently awarded the 2015 RP Group Award for Dissertation Excellence. He was notified:

Dear Erik:

As President of the RP Group I am happy to inform you that the awards committee chaired by Rick Fillman and Carolyn Arnold has carefully reviewed the submissions for the RP Group Excellence in Dissertation/Thesis Award and selected your submission (Efficacy of the California Basic Skills Initiative) as an award winner!

The committee for this award was:

Rick Fillman, Coordinator, San Francisco City College
Matt Wetstein, San Joaquin Delta College

Bob Pacheco, MiraCosta College

Gregory Stoup, Contra Costa CCD

Alketa Wojcik, MiraCosta College

A slot at the RP Conference in April has been reserved for you to present your work.  Please contact Daylene Meuschke to discuss the format of your presentation.  I trust you will make arrangements to attend the conference in order to share your successful work with others.  We will do a formal presentation of the award at the conference as well.  I have copied your Superintendent/President on this email to ensure that your college leadership is aware of your award winning work.

On behalf of the community of researchers and planners across the CCC system, please accept my hearty congratulations!

Dr. Matt Wetstein
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction & Planning\

Congratulations Erik! He will receive the award at the upcoming RP Group Conference Back to the Future: telling data stories of the past and planning for a future that supports student success to be held Wednesday-Thursday, April 8-9, 2015 at the   Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Su Jin Jez to Present Research in Washington D.C. #AEFP2015 @aefpweb

Dr. Su Jin Jez, Core Faculty member of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership, will present her research at the upcoming 2015 conference of Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) in Washington DC.

Her session will focus on for-profit higher education. While for-profit colleges and universities have been around since the 18th century, research and policy interest in them ebbs and flows and is almost always significantly less their non-profit and public counterparts. Over the past decade, interest in the for-profit sector has grown rapidly, likely due to their skyrocketing enrollment through the Great Recession, increasing use of federal financial aid dollars, and growing student default rates. At their recent peak, for-profit colleges and universities enrolled approximately 13% of all postsecondary students in the U.S. These enrollments differ in important ways from non-profit and public enrollments. For-profit students are more likely to be low income, minority, in career-focused fields, and seeking sub-baccalaureate awards. For-profit institutions have been distinct from non-profit and public institutions in other ways, too. They pushed less conventional educational strategies, such as online education and mid-year enrollment, which they claimed allowed them to reach students ignored by the traditional programs offered by non-profit and public institutions. Many heralded for-profit colleges for changing the conversation and challenging higher educational norms, which was rewarded with rapidly enrollment growth and rising profits.

However, the landscape has changed for for-profit higher education over the last four years. For-profit institutions have gone from double-digit increases in enrollment, to now three years of decline; from emphasis on their capacity for disruptive innovation to lawsuits by attorneys general; and from record-breaking profits to the collapse of one of the biggest for-profit providers (Corinthian) and the closure of many smaller campuses around the country. Given this clear and abrupt turn-around, this session seeks to begin a conversation that addresses three central questions that promote sharing knowledge about new and important developments in for-profit policy. We ask and answer first, “why did it happen?” Second “How bad is it (or how bad are they)?” And third “What’s next for the for-profit sector?”

The session will begin with each panelist providing brief opening remarks that begin the conversation on these three central questions.

  1. Why did it happen?
    • Kevin Kinser will discuss the factors that lead to this sudden change, and point out why the trajectory for-profits were on was unsustainable.
  2. How bad is it? How bad are they?
    • Su Jin Jez will discuss the outcomes of students who attend for-profits, the variation of these outcomes across the for-profit sector, and how a typology or classification of for-profits can assist policy in targeting institutions more appropriately.
    • Robert Shireman will discuss structures and incentives that may help to explain differences in behaviors and outcomes by sector.
  3. What’s next for the for-profit sector?
    • Constance Iloh will discuss will discuss what these changes mean for college access and success looking forward, particularly in light of student choice and institutional classifications.

Next, the session chair, Soung Bae, will facilitate a discussion between panelists that leads to a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of for-profit policy in this new era. The session will conclude with audience questions and answers.

Through this structure, we will share knowledge but also hope to engage the audience in a lively conversation on higher education policy focused on for-profit colleges and universities. We will discuss key topics to understanding new and important developments about for-profit policy, including various regulations (such as gainful employment), outcomes of for-profit students (labor market, student loan defaults, graduation rates), recent changes in their reach (closing of colleges, enrollment declines), and the politics of for-profit colleges and universities (who governs them, partisan divide in how they are seen). Session attendees will develop a deeper understanding of the context of for-profits and their policy future.

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership, also served on the conference committee for this year’s AEFP conference.

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