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Report OP/05-4: The Granting of Doctoral Degrees in California: Policy Questions and Issues Pertaining to Senate Bill 724

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 2005

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The granting of doctoral degrees by public Universities has historically been the exclusive responsibility of the University of California (UC) with the provision that CSU may award joint doctoral degrees with UC or Independent Institutions, as articulated in California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. Senate Bill 724 (Scott) would authorize the California State University (CSU) to award doctoral degrees in selected applied professional fields. Not surprisingly, there has been considerable debate over whether this change represents a fundamental reordering of the educational missions of California’s public four-year universities or the best response to the state and the nation’s need for trained professionals in applied fields.
Related Topics: Enrollments and Degrees Awarded | State and Federal Legislation

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