Good news about NCATE Accreditation

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Good news about NCATE Accreditation

November 30, 2012, Dr. Susan Aud

NCATE LogoThe College of Education and Human Services received a strong vote of confidence from the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) who visited our campus on November 11-13, 2012. Before leaving campus, the Chairperson held a conference with a small group of COEHS and SIUC administrators to deliver the news that they will give our programs a very high recommendation for continuing accreditation. They were especially impressed with the quality of our candidates, with the undergraduate Teacher Education Program assessment system, and with the collaborative work we do across colleges to offer a variety of teaching majors with very strong disciplinary content.

The Board of Examiners consists of six trained faculty from universities across the country who work together to decide if our programs for teachers and school professionals are meeting the six standards that NCATE has established to define quality education. Those standards are: 1) Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions; 2) Assessment and Evaluation; 3) Field Experiences and Clinical Practice; 4) Diversity; 5) Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development; and 6) Resources and Governance. Prior to visiting the campus, the team had visited our online Exhibit Center (ncate.ehs.siu.edu) and read a report on the unit written by Dr. John McIntyre, the NCATE Coordinator for COEHS. They composed an “offsite report” to alert us to aspects of the standards for which we needed more evidence of candidate, faculty, or administrative performance. We found this cooperative form of self-study much more positive than previous high-stakes visits.

The next step is for the team to send its final report to the NCATE Board of Accreditation and to us. We will have one more opportunity to add a piece of evidence—a rejoinder which will also be considered by the Accreditation Board in making its final decision. The decision will most likely occur at an April meeting, after which we’ll be informed whether we will continue in the proud tradition of COEHS accreditation by NCATE, earned and held since 1954.