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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 development

With dissertation topics ranging from academic intervention to English language development, Silke M. Bradford, Vince Carbino, Arnett Carl Duncan/A. Mpigani Kweli, Frank Olmos 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 Classroom.” 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 /academic/ccoe/programs_aase_edd_leadership.htm

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