Release Date: Nov. 7, 2008
ASU Designated Candidate for National Education Accreditation
Angelo State University has been accepted as a formal candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the university’s professional education offerings through the College of Education and other academic departments.
ASU’s application for candidacy was approved by NCATE’s Unit Accreditation Board, which will schedule an accreditation visit in the spring of 2010. Prior to the visit the College of Education will develop with other ASU departments an extensive report documenting how current ASU programs meet NCATE’s six standards and multiple sub-standards.
Currently, ASU’s education programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency. NCATE, according to Dr. John J. Miazga, dean of the ASU’s College of Education, is the national accreditation for teacher education.
“NCATE accreditation means we will be aligning with a national set of standards for teacher preparation,” Miazga said. “These standards are designed to achieve excellence in teacher preparation across disciplines so that the institution will be accredited, not just the college or department.”
During the two-year candidacy period, ASU must make a good faith effort to meet NCATE standards as the university develops its report and assessment for the accreditation board. The process will culminate with the NCATE campus visit in 2010.
In addition to the benefits to the university, NCATE accreditation has advantages for ASU graduates going into teaching.
“Achieving NCATE accreditation for the university,” said Miazga, “means our graduates will meet a standard of excellence in teacher preparation that is recognized not just across the state but throughout the country.”
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “Application for NCATE accreditation is one of the steps we are taking as an institution to strengthen our academic rigor and reputation.”