The state Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would allow the California State University system, including San Diego State University, to go it alone in offering doctorate degrees in audiology, physical therapy and education.
At present, the 23 Cal State campuses must pair up with a University of California school or a private university to grant doctorates.
The legislation, SB 724, sponsored by State Senator Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, was prompted, in part, by recent changes in the accrediting standards for audiology programs nationwide that will require a doctorate degree in order to be eligible for licensure.
SB 724 passed by a bipartisan vote of 7-0. Wednesday’s committee action means the bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The full Senate will hear it later this session.