For release: November 30, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
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.