Sage Launches New Doctoral Programs
Educational Leadership and Nursing Science Will Address National Needs
The Sage Colleges’ two new doctoral programs, in Nursing Science and Educational Leadership, were approved by the New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents in March, bringing the number of doctorates offered at Sage to three, including the doctorate in Physical Therapy.
“These new doctorates arise from Sage’s well-respected departments of Nursing and Education,” said President Jeanne Neff. “They are innovative in content and approach, and designed to meet urgent contemporary leadership needs in health care and in our schools.”
Preparing Powerful Education Leaders
The national focus on educational outcomes is creating a demand for stronger and better prepared leaders for America’s schools. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare district superintendents and other senior educational leaders to be visionary, creative, ethical, and accountable leaders.
According to the New York State Board of Regents and NYSED vision statement, Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, “education reform has created an urgent need for strong emphasis on development of instructional leadership skills to promote good teaching and high level learning.”
Connell Frazer, Dean of the School of Education
“Sage’s Ed.D. program targets practicing leaders already working in the community who want to step up to the next level as administrators,” said Connell Frazer, Dean of the School of Education. “The need for well-prepared superintendents is huge, and the pressure on them is dramatic. The same is true for those who lead independent private schools. We will prepare highly trained leaders who will succeed in setting the educational tone for their schools and school districts.”
Jobs for education administrators are plentiful (administrators held approximately 442,000 jobs nationally in 2004), and the need will continue to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Addressing the National Nursing Shortage
The U.S. is experiencing a continued shortage of nurses, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). One of the less-publicized effects of this growing problem is the related shortage of nursing faculty and the need for exceptionally qualified nurse executives in settings from hospitals to nursing homes, to health management organizations. Sage’s new Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.S.) in Nursing Education and Leadership will address this need head-on.
According to recent data from AACN, only 44 percent of all nursing faculty have doctorates. “The growing expectation is that all nursing faculty should be doctorally prepared,” said Glenda Kelman, chair of Sage’s Nursing Department. To compound matters, the average age of nursing faculty at retirement is 62.5 years and the average age of current doctorally-prepared faculty is 55 years; a wave of retirements is expected within the next 10 years.
Cathleen Gilhooley Hamel ’98, SGS ’99 was “thrilled to learn that Sage was developing a doctoral program in nursing.” Hamel is vice president and chief nursing officer at Saratoga Hospital, which achieved prestigious magnet status in 2004. She was one of the first students to express interest in enrolling in Sage’s D.N.S. program, because she saw that criteria for magnet status may soon require doctorates for chief nurse executives, and she likes to stay ahead of the curve.
According to AACN’s 2004-2005 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, doctoral degrees granted were up by two-percent or only eight graduates.
For More Information
Sage is accepting applications for both the D.N.S. and the Ed.D. now for September 2007 enrollment. Both programs will cater to the needs of working professionals, with classes offered during weekends and in summer intensive institute-style classes, as well as online. For more information,visit www.sage.edu/doctorates.