Anderson University will host a visit for continuing accreditation October 4-8, 2008. Teacher Education Programs across the nation that are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are required to host an on-site review every five to seven years. The visit will also bring representatives form the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) on campus as both groups review the teacher preparation programs for continuing accreditation.
“We look forward to the accreditation review and the affirmation of the quality of our programs along with suggestions for improvement," said Dr. Diana Ross, dean of the School of Education at Anderson University. "We are proud of the Teacher Preparation Programs offered at Anderson University and believe that the institutional report will build a strong case for continuing accreditation.”
The visit includes social studies, English, and foreign language, science, mathematics, music, art, physical education, elementary education, special education, and English as a New language undergraduate programs. The graduate programs in transition to teaching, music education, curriculum and instruction and school administration will also be reviewed.
All persons involved in these areas have been working diligently to ensure that the teacher education program and the report presented will meet NCATE and IDOE standards. During the accreditation visit, guests will be meeting with various campus organizations and individuals and on Monday, October 6, the evaluators will be visiting areas schools. Final decisions about continuing accreditation will be received in the spring of 2009.
The university was granted NCATE accreditation and accreditation from the State of Indiana in 2000 and it is fully expected that continual accreditation will be awarded following this visit.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.