National Agency Re-accredits U of M College of Education University News
For release: November 30, 2008

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The College of Education at the University of Memphis has received its notice of accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  The agency’s decision means that the College and its programs for teacher education met rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.

In his letter informing U of M President Shirley Raines of the decision, the president of NCATE, Dr. James G. Cibulka, congratulated Raines for the College’s “displaying the high quality necessary to be granted national accreditation,” and he expressed his appreciation for the extent of cooperation NCATE had received from the University’s faculty, staff, and administration.

Cibulka also said that the review found no areas in which improvements were needed to bring the College up to NCATE standards, and that its particular strengths were a positive factor in its accreditation.

Dr. Michael Hamrick, interim dean of the College of Education, said, “We’re very proud to have earned this mark of distinction from NCATE.  It confirms what generations of students have known for a long time – that the University of Memphis College of Education models the best practices in education.”

Hamrick also noted that the successful accreditation review was the result of the collaborative efforts of more than 350 people representing faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

The action by NCATE means that the University’s teacher education program will be considered accredited until 2015, when it will be up for review again.

NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for 623 institutions that, together, produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year.  Currently, 99 institutions are candidates or pre-candidates for accreditation.  The agency revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practices and new research findings into its reviews and to ensure that its standards reflect the current views about what is important in education.

NCATE was founded in 1954 by the teaching professions and the states.  It is made up of more than 30 professional and policy-making organizations representing millions of people in the field of education.

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