By Jonathan Morales
Sacramento State’s Doctor of Educational Leadership program is in elite company. The program has gained full membership in the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the second California State University campus and the fourth California university to win the distinction.
National accreditation opens up a wide range of research, professional development and other opportunities for students, and it is a testament to the overall quality of the program, said Alexander Sidorkin, dean of the College of Education.
“The recognition from UCEA confirms the high quality of our program offerings and our leadership position in the region and in the state,” said Sidorkin. “Membership will allow us to benchmark ourselves against the best programs in the country and continue to grow in the best interest of our students and all of public education in our region. “
To become accredited, institutions go through a rigorous program review lasting several months. Interim Director Rose Borunda credits Julian Vasquez Heilig with the Ed.D. the former program director, pushing Sacramento State’s candidacy across the finish line.
Membership in UCEA will allow Sacramento State students and faculty to engage with other academics nationally. This includes professional development and curriculum review for faculty, as well as the opportunity for students to participate in research and leadership seminars. These benefits, Borunda said, will have a ripple effect as doctoral graduates become principals and administrators in schools and districts across the state.
“While engaged in UCEA education reform efforts through high quality research and preparation programs, UCEA institutions also work in collaboration with schools and educational agencies to influence local, state and national education policies, ”she said. “With this standard of excellence, our students and faculty seeking positions in the region will be exposed to the best practices of the profession. “
Nationally, 107 colleges and universities are full members or associates of UCEA; San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and Loyola Marymount are the only other California campuses. Ed.D. of the State of Sacramento. students and faculty will attend the organization’s convention later this year in New Orleans, where the Sac State program will be officially presented as a member.