Friday, July 29, 2011

English NCATE Accreditation!

Our secondary English Education program has received certification as being "nationally recognized" from NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education). This recognition puts our department in the top-tier of English language arts teacher education programs in the US. It involved an enormous amount of work. My deep thanks to Karen Vocke, who led the certification process, along with the entire English Education Committee.

In the past few years, NCATE accreditation has become an extremely rigorous process, with many of our peer institutions failing to re-certify. It is a credit to our entire department, and the education our students receive in all their English courses, that we were able to achieve it.

I also want to recognize the work of the Children's and Adolescent Literature faculty, whose input and extra efforts in building assessment measures for their courses was essential in achieving the certification, along with the outstanding efforts of Ilse Schweitzer, whose work in aiding Karen was invaluable.

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