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CSU PhD

A new entry in the annals of overeducation:

This fall California State University will, for the first time, independently offer doctoral programs, marking a significant change in the state’s longstanding master plan for higher education. The plan had given the University of California system sole authority among the state’s public institutions to award doctorates.
Cal State administrators today outlined the new doctorate-of-education programs that will begin on seven of the system’s 23 campuses this academic year. The programs will seek to improve educational leadership and student learning in community colleges and public schools while helping the state meet its need for more teachers and school administrators.

Since when do teachers and school administrators need doctorates? Maybe some community college professors do. But public-school teachers and paper pushers?

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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