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Ed.D. Program Makes a Positive Impact to CSUSB's Standing and Reputation for Academic Excellence

Ed.D. Program Makes a Positive Impact to CSUSB's Standing and Reputation for Academic Excellence

Watson College of Education Doctoral Program

WCOE / Ed.D. at CSUSB - Ranked in the Top 20% of Schools Granting Doctoral Education Degrees Nationwide! 

U.S. News & World Report has listed the university at No. 86 in the nation in the Best Education Schools category of its Best Graduate Schools for 2024. It is the first time the university has been listed in that category. It is the work of CSUSB’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership program that placed the university in U.S. News’ top 100 education schools. The ranking category is designed “for prospective students seeking a doctorate in education,” the magazine says. This national recognition validates our hard work over the past five years, having transformed, restructured, and targeted specific areas of improvement upon the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program. We went from unranked to now ranked in the top 20% of schools granting doctoral education degrees nationwide! On behalf of our Ed.D. program leadership team, we share in this achievement and remarkable accomplishment with our program faculty and fellows, our preK12 and higher education community partners, campus and college leadership, and alumni and current doctoral students. This exceptionally positive news distinctly reaffirms our quest for academic excellence and intentionality in fulfilling our mission, transparency, accountability, and integrity.

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Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Revolutionizing Educational Leadership: The Transformation of the Ed.D. Program at California State University-San Bernardino

In the rapidly evolving landscape of advanced educational preparation, CSUSB has taken decisive steps to reshape its Ed.D. program.


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CSUSB Designation Raised to an R2 Doctoral University: High Research Activity

University Designation as an R-2 University, raising CSUSB’s status to a “national university” from a “regional university.” CSUSB met the new classification criteria by awarding 21 doctoral degrees and having over $10.8 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019-20. For more than four decades, the Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in higher education across the United States. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education to represent and account for institutional differences and in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty. 

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The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Cal State San Bernardino was commended as “Exemplary” in the most recent Ed.D. 5-Year Self-Study (Chancellor’s directive)

Watson College of Education Dean with Doctoral Student
External reviewers lauded our leadership, including the Dean’s and campus leadership’s strong support of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.

“It was evident that the program is thriving and continuing to move forward in achieving all goals.”

Our data provided ample evidence of student learning, firm commitment, and evidence of program effectiveness across all interested parties, increased diversity across the student body reflecting the communities we serve, that our students have become stronger because of the holistic application process that emphasizes a commitment to equity and social justice. Another strength was the Executive Model and the Cohort Model, and our completion rates have also improved – partly due to the re-design of the qualifying exam. 

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