Good Luck to Cohort 7 for upcoming Qualifying Exam on May 16th

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Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program wishes Good Luck to its Cohort 7 for Qualifying Exam to be held on May 16, 2015.


Doctorate in Educational Leadership Presents ‘Second Annual Outstanding Dissertation Showcase Panel’

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership in collaboration with the College of Education and the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies presents the Second Annual Outstanding Dissertation Showcase Panel

Doctorate in Educational Leadership would like to congratulate the Panelists;

Diane E. Carlson, EdD Diane Carlson

Dissertation Title; Closing the Equity Gap: Social Justice Leadership in California Community Colleges

Dr. Diane Carlson is a full-time professor and chairperson of the sociology department at Folsom Lake College.   She is the faculty chair for FLC’s Multicultural and Diversity Committee which supports social justice efforts at the college.  Diane is also (joyfully) the advisor for FLC’s newly formed Student Diversity Club.  Some of Dr. Carlson’s post-dissertation efforts include incorporating ideas from her dissertation research into the creation of the college’s Student Equity Plan – including building a broader and deeper understanding of student educational and life experiences.  While Diane is currently working on a couple of articles and looking into book publication, she is most excited about the commencement of a documentary version of her dissertation to begin production this summer.

Erik CooperErik Cooper, EdD

Dissertation Title; Efficacy of the California Basic Skills Initiative

Dr. Erik Cooper is the Dean of Planning, Research, and Resource Development at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.  The Planning, Research and Resource Development office collects, analyzes, and disseminates data to the college community, supporting the planning, budgeting and program review activities of the District. Cooper’s dissertation was also selected for the Excellence in Dissertation award by the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges.

Sarah Graham, EdD Sarah Graham

Dissertation Title; Dissertation Title: An Analysis of a K-12 Grammar-Based English Language Development Program

Dr. Sarah Graham is the Live Oak Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction and Assessments Coordinator. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition, K-12 to college transition, and teacher preparation. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at California State University, Sacramento and at the University of San Francisco.

Leaders in Education Speaker Series presents : Senator,Chancellor and Scholar Dr. Jack Scott.

Senator, Chancellor,Scholar
Senator, Chancellor,Scholar

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Jack Scott.

Dr. Jack Scott was unanimously selected as the 14th chancellor of the California Community Colleges by the Board of Governors on May 8, 2008. He assumed this position in January 2009, after completing his second term in the California State Senate.

Dr. Scott will be addressing our community on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Center for Collaborative Policy 815 S Street, 1st Floor, Sacramento.

See you there!


Katrina PimentelThe Journal of Transformative Leadership in Policy Studies, June 2014 issue Volume 4 Number 1 published a Doctoral STEM report entitled, “Factors Promoting Inclusion and Success for Underrepresented High School Students in STEM” co authored by doctorate students Katirina Pimentel and Randy Kilmartin.

The focus of this study was to ascertain the best practices and policies for school leaders in recruiting, supporting, and retaining underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) courses while encouraging STEM related career fields. This report synthesizes empirical research at two comprehensive high schools in Northern California funded through a CSU Doctoral Research Fellowship. The policy implications from this study are central to promoting access and inclusion in STEM educationRandy Kilmartin and future career pathways. Schools need to market and advertise their STEM programs and begin recruiting within their school, particularly at the middle school level. It was clear from this research that the initial “curiosity” that is promoted by the STEM curriculum needs to be fostered so that students continue to be interested in STEM once they get to high school.

Read the full report @


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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.

Faculty, student and alumni perspectives about the Sacramento State Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program