University of Holy Cross Among 59 Institutions Recognized for Excellence in Educator Preparation
University of Holy Cross now 1 of 281 total providers in the U.S. meeting rigorous CAEP Accreditation Standards to better prepare the teachers of tomorrow
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UHC News | Dec. 2, 2019
New Orleans – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that the University of Holy Cross Educator Preparation Program is one of 59 providers from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their programs. The fall 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 59 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 281 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”
CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Approximately 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through former standards.
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:
- 1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
- 2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
If a program fails to meet one of the five standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard.
“Our students and instructors have done a tremendous job and set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and the CAEP Accreditation validates all of their hard work,” said UHC President Dr. Stanton McNeely. “As a nationally accredited program for teacher preparation, our graduates can fill high demand educational jobs in Louisiana and throughout the U.S.”
UHC joins 58 other providers to receive accreditation this spring, bringing the total number to 281 CAEP-accredited providers from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
About the University of Holy Cross
A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Counseling, Healthcare, and Nursing. The University was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848.
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