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.

Director to give Lecture @CamForum to Discuss The Health of Democracy and Privatizing Education

Cloaking Inequity

From Cambridge Forum:

“The Massachusetts School Law of 1642 laid out the rationale for public education: “Forasmuch as the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth.” How do contemporary efforts to privatize public education square with the civic role that education has played in American democracy? Internationally recognized leader in education policy Julian Vasquez Heilig examines the variety of ways in which public education is being privatized in the name of “reform” and suggests ways for citizens to respond that both improve educational experience and strengthen the societal and civic role that education plays.cambridgeforum-200x200

Cambridge Forum programs are held in the historic First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) at 3 Church Street (Harvard Square), in Cambridge. The format includes a relatively brief introductory statement (20 minutes) from the speaker, with a 10 minute response, followed by a moderated discussion with our live audience that would last…

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DEL Writing Instructor Publishes New Book

Dan Meltzer, an instructor for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (DEL) summer course preparing students for the dissertation, recently published a new book on college writing. Assignments across the Curriculum: A National Study of College Writing (Utah State UP, 2014) provides a panoramic view of the kinds of writing assigned in colleges in America. He studied the purposes, audiences, and genres of writing in colleges across the United States by collecting over 2,100 writing assignments from the Internet. Dr. Meltzer found that writing to inform the teacher in short-answer 9395exams made up over half the assignments, and that many instructors are more concerned with perfect grammar than content and critical thinking. However, he also found that courses connected to a Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, such as courses that were part of a “writing-intensive” requirement, required more writing, for a greater variety of purposes and audiences, and in a greater variety of genres. The writing-intensive courses also assigned challenging disciplinary research writing like literature reviews and experimental reports rather than traditional “book report” research papers. The results of his study make a case for the need for more writing and a greater variety of writing in all college courses and for the value of Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives. The book was also featured in a recent Inside Higher Ed article entitled What Students Write.

Dr. Caroline Turner Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Caroline Turner​ of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program for winning Sacramento State​’s 2014-15 University Award for Research and Creative Activity. She will receive the award and give a lecture, “Lessons from the Field: Cultivating Nurturing Environments in Higher Education,” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the University Union,
Forest Suite. She will discuss how a scholarly learning journey, as a student and faculty member, brings one back to an understanding of the value of knowledge gained in one’s home community, and how to foster settings for others to cultivate knowledge as well. A reception will follow in the University Union, Lobby Suite.

The Doctorate in Education Leadership Core Faculty now features three faculty members who have won the award. Ted Lascher, also won the award in 2014-15. Rob Wassmer won the award in 2001.


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