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Ready to be recognized

The School of Education prepares for the final step in the state and national accreditation processes.

February 17, 2015

The visit by state and national accreditation teams will showcase the School of Education
The visit by state and national accreditation teams will showcase the School of Education's innovative programs and excellent outcomes. PHOTO: Scott Houck

The data has been gathered. The reports have been filed. The agenda is set. There is only one step remaining in the School of Education’s quest to renew its educator training accreditation — the visit.

On Feb. 22-24, the school will take that step when it hosts a dual visit from national and state accrediting bodies: the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the state of Colorado’s educator preparation accreditation team.

“These assessments are a lot of work,” said Elizabeth Hinde, dean of the School of Education, “but they make us look at ourselves and at the hard data, to see where we are succeeding and where there is room for improvement. That is a very good thing.”

Members of the accreditation teams will interview education students, faculty and staff as well as administrators including the provost and president. The team will conduct a thorough assessment of admissions data and course content from the last seven years, and also spend time at the schools where students teach.

Results of the assessment from CAEP will be reported later this spring. Feedback from the state will be available within a few weeks. Hinde is confident that both accreditations will come through, as the school has met or exceeded standards every step of the way. More than anything, she sees the visit as an opportunity to showcase the school’s innovative programs and excellent outcomes.

“This is our chance to shine, to be recognized for the great work the school is doing and the unique way we prepare our teachers.”