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April 27, 2004
CONTACT: Ron Podell

College of Education Receives Reaccreditation from NCATE

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has reaccredited Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education.

The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting those standards. EMU is one of approximately 550 institutions of higher education currently accredited with NCATE, with more than 100 others in process. EMU has been continuously accredited since NCATE was founded in 1954. The latest reaccreditation is good for seven years, through 2010, said COE Dean Jerry Robbins.

“I am really pleased that this has happened,” said Robbins, who received notice of the reaccreditation April 20. “We would never expect otherwise. A lot of people here put in an enormous amount of effort to make this happen.”

NCATE reaccreditation involves reviewing six key areas of an institution’s preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. They are: candidate knowledge; skills and dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications; performance and development; and unit governance and resources.

NCATE sent a reaccreditation review team to campus last November. The review team identified the following as strengths of the COE:

- The pre-kindergarten through 12 educational community values EMU and considers the institution’s “products” of high quality.

- EMU’s initial and advanced program candidates are “wonderful.” Their students value the quality of education they have received at EMU and appreciate the supportive nature of the faculty.

- EMU has many worthy collaborative projects/activities with the P-12 schools in the area.

- Leadership and support, especially from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology, are strong.

- The Porter Building and its features — intensive technology, services for candidates and the public, and handicapped accessibility — are a particular strength.

- EMU has many successes in attracting a diverse audience to its professional educator preparation programs.

Collecting and analyzing data of EMU students in initial and advanced programs while they’re in college and during their first few years of teaching experience are areas that need the most improvement, Robbins said.

“Frankly, I’m not the least bit surprised by that,” Robbins said of the cited deficiencies. “They want us to have data collection so that we can determine program improvements. We got bits and pieces of that (data) and the review team took note. Everything must be in apple-pie order by 2010.”

To complete this task, Robbins said he has sought help from Institutional Research and Information Management, and ICT.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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