[original on letterhead]
November 13, 2000

Dr. Warren Fox
Executive Director
California Postsecondary Education Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Warren:

I am pleased to send you the enclosed report on joint CSU/UC doctoral programs for distribution to the Commissioners. It was prepared by my office in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor's office. The report begins with a brief description of the procedures used to establish joint degree programs. It is a complex process which may be unfamiliar to Commission members; it solicits maximum input from both systems in order to guarantee quality. There are currently thirteen joint CSU/UC doctoral programs. Seven new programs are in the planning stages, four in education, and the others in Evolutionary Biology, Criminal Justice Sciences, and Physical Therapy. Six of the seven new programs have passed the first major milestone and have been granted permission to negotiate by the system offices; two expect to have a final proposal in hand very soon.

I would be happy to discuss these programs further with you or with the Commission, or to answer any additional questions you may have.


[original signed by]

Julius Zelmanowitz
Vice Provost, Academic Initiatives



Provost King Special Assistant Ellis
Coordinator Greenspan
Principal Analyst Baxter
Principal Analyst Klausner
Dean Jolayne Service (CSU)

University of California
Office of the President
November 2000


At the present time, there are thirteen CSU/UC joint doctoral programs in operation.(1)  Four are in education, including programs in Special Education, Math and Science Education, and Educational Leadership; the remaining nine cover a variety of disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Clinical Psychology, Geography, and Public Health. The newest program, a joint degree in Public History, was established in 1999. A successful joint master's degree program in Physical Therapy is now being expanded into an additional doctoral program. During the decade from 1990 to 2000, the UC/CSU joint programs graduated 281 doctoral students, 34% of which were in education. An additional 218 students graduated from the joint masters program in Physical Therapy. Four new programs in education are being developed, as are joint doctoral programs in Evolutionary Biology and Criminal Justice Sciences.

The joint doctoral programs are partnerships between UC and CSU that benefit both educational systems, the students, and the state. They build on the strengths of the participating campuses to generate programs that could not otherwise be realized, combining the complementary assets of faculty members and of facilities. The programs are of high quality, and program decisions are made jointly and by mutual agreement between UC and CSU.

Establishment of a joint doctoral program begins with conversations between the potential partners. When conversations progress to a point where a preliminary plan can be written, the partners seek approval for that plan from the appropriate campus administrative and/or academic offices. Each participating campus then makes a formal request to its system office for "permission to negotiate." Once this is granted, the work of developing a fully-fledged program begins. The proposed program is incorporated into the five-year academic plans which, at CSU, are subject to Trustee approval.

After review at the campus level, the program proposals are forwarded to UC's Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA) and to the CSU system. When accepted for full review by CCGA, a summary of the proposal is sent to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) for comment. Any questions or concerns raised by CCGA or by CPEC staff must be addressed and the proposal revised accordingly. When these issues have been resolved, the proposal goes to the CSU/UC Joint Graduate Board for approval. The final step in the process is submission to the UC President and CSU Chancellor for their approval and implementation.

Of the seven new joint doctoral programs now being developed, six have passed the first milestone and been granted permission to negotiate by both systems. Summaries of these programs follow. Also included is an alternative collaboration for doctoral training in education between UC Irvine and several CSU campuses.

1. CSU also participates in two joint doctoral programs with Claremont Graduate University.


Joint Ed.D. in Urban Education
Partners: UC Berkeley, and CSU campuses at Hayward, San Jose, and San Francisco
Permission to negotiate was granted by CSU December 17, 1999, and by UC June 30, 2000.
A committee has been formed to discuss issues and make recommendations for the doctoral program in Urban Educational Leadership. An internal planning committee at UCB meets approximately every other month to work on academic, administrative, and logistical issues. Among the issues discussed are curriculum development, scope and sequence of learning activities/experiences, program structure, timing, unit credit, institutional requirements (i.e. residency, dissertation, committee composition, core coursework, etc.), fee payment, transportation, and coherency with the philosophy/vision of UCB's Principals/ Leadership Institute.
Joint Ph.D. in Teacher Education
Partners: UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.
Permission to negotiate was granted by UC in the spring of 1999, and by CSU on June 23, 2000.
A preliminary proposal was drafted in August, 2000, and the final proposal is nearing completion. UC Davis has included the preliminary proposal in its current five-year plan.
Joint Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Partners: UC Riverside and a consortium of CSU campuses that includes Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, and San Bernardino.
Permission to negotiate was granted by CSU on November 9, 1998, and by UC on November 11, 1998.
The large number of partners in the consortium is one of several unusual features of this proposed program. The partners are planning a set of core courses that can lead either to a Ph.D. or an Ed.D. at the discretion of each student. A Collaborative Educational Research Institute (CERI) is envisioned as an integral part of the design. The CERI would bring faculty together around common issues and provide a context for doctoral preparation and dissertations. A joint executive committee would have policy oversight over the program. and enrollment is expected to reach steady state of 202 by 2008-09. The UC and CSU system offices have each contributed $200,000 to the planning effort. In collaboration with CSU faculty, UCR initiated a pilot program in the 1999-2000 academic year.
Joint Ed.D.
Partners: UC Santa Barbara and the CSU campuses at Bakersfield, Northridge, San Luis Obispo, and Channel Islands.
Progress towards establishment of a joint doctoral program is slow but steady. Meetings continue between UCSB and each of the CSU campuses, and some intercampus visits have taken place. UCSB's Education Dean hopes to convene a meeting of all participants in the near future to develop a regional consortium. In addition, UCSB and CSU Northridge are discussing development of a unique program specifically geared to needs of National Board Certified teachers who are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees.

Other forms of collaboration are possible. UCI and UCLA currently offer a joint Ed.D. in Urban Education; a memorandum of understanding with CSU Los Angeles has now been executed that will allow CSULA master's degree recipients to flow smoothly into the UCI/UCLA doctoral program and will also promote joint research and teaching. It has not yet been fully implemented, pending campus discussions of a similar arrangement with CSU Fullerton.


Joint Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology
Partners: UC Berkeley and San Diego State.
Permission to negotiate was granted by UC on July 14, 2000 and by CSU on November 2, 2000.
The preliminary proposal has the approval of the UCB Graduate Dean and the unanimous support of the faculty in the UCB Department of Integrative Biology. San Diego State students would spend a year on the Berkeley campus, working with UCB faculty. This program would also encourage collaborative research between students and the faculties at the two institutions and would provide an opportunity for a joint seminar series in this important field.
Joint Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Sciences.
Partners: UC Davis and CSU Fresno.
Permission to negotiate was granted by UC on November 4, 1999 and by CSU on December 17, 2000.
Several planning meetings have been held and the initial proposal is close to a final draft that will be submitted to appropriate campus review bodies.
Joint D.P.T.Sc.
Partners: UC San Francisco and San Francisco State University
Permission to negotiate was granted by UC on August 29, 2000 and by CSU on November 3, 2000.
This program will build on the successful joint master's degree in Physical Therapy.