News Release| Educational Leadership; Cal State L.A.


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Quintet to achieve joint Ed.D.s in educational leadership

Doctoral dissertations focus on academic intervention,
school safety, student engagement, teacher attrition, English language

With dissertation topics ranging
from academic intervention to English language development, Silke M.
Bradford, Vince Carbino, Arnett Carl Duncan/A. Mpigani Kweli, Frank
and Freda Elena Rossi will be conferred doctoral
degrees in
educational administration and leadership at Cal
State L.A.’s Commencement on Friday, June 11. The ceremony starts
at 5 p.m. with

colorful academic procession and includes
a doctoral hooding ceremony.

The joint doctoral—or Ed.D.—program,
offered by Cal State L.A. and UC Irvine, prepares graduates for
educational administration and leadership.

Bradford’s dissertation is “Patching the Pipeline: Identifying
Salient Characteristics of Academic Intervention Programs that Increase
the Number of Underrepresented Minorities Pursuing Graduate Level
Biomedical Research
.” She holds a B.A. in social science from CSU
Sacramento and an M.A. in educational leadership from Cal State L.A.
Bradford is a Hermosa Beach resident.

Carbino’s dissertation is “You Can Hide, Watch or Run but You Better
Not Snitch: A Study of Student Perceptions of School Safety at an Urban
High School
.” He holds a B.S. in public administration from National
University and an M.S. in counseling and education from Cal State L.A.
Carbino is a Los Angeles-90042 resident.

Duncan’s dissertation is “Cultural Capital, Habitus, and Scheme: A
Case Study of African American Student Engagement in a Secondary
.” He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
sociology from UC Riverside. Duncan is a Rialto resident.

Olmos’ dissertation is “Square Peg in a Round Hole: Out-of-Field
Teaching and its Impact on Teacher Attrition
.” He earned B.A. in
political science from CSULA and M.S. in public administration from Cal
State L.A. Olmos is a South Gate resident.

Rossi’s dissertation is “California English Language Development
Test: Does It Measure Up?
” She holds a B.A. in studio arts from Cal
State L.A. and a master’s degree in educational administration from CSU
Long Beach. Rossi is a Culver City resident.

More than 20,000 people are expected this year to witness the conferral
of more than 5,500 bachelor’s and master’s degrees over two days as the
Commencement takes place in the University Athletic Stadium, located at
the southeast corner of the campus.

Cal State L.A.’s Charter College of Education is accepting applications
for its independent Ed.D. program in educational leadership, which began
fall 2009.

The program, authorized by the California Legislature, responds to the
urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead California’s public
schools and community colleges.

For more about Cal State L.A.’s new Ed.D. program in educational
leadership, go to



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