Accreditation and Title II Reporting
Anderson University has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The Music Education program is also nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for licensure become eligible for a teaching certificate in Indiana and other states with reciprocal arrangements
Title II Reporting
Candidates must pass all tests required for licensure in Indiana prior to student teaching. Therefore, Anderson University has a 100% pass rate.
CAEP Annual Reporting Measures: 2016-17
CAEP Component 4.1
Anderson University Teacher Preparation Program was accredited by CAEP after a Spring, 2016, CAEP visit in which no areas for improvement were cited. The unit uses the Indiana Department of Education survey data as an element in demonstrating that candidates that graduate as completers from our program have a positive impact on student learning. The unit is exploring ways to add evidence in this area. Our candidates are rated at 99% effective or highly effective overall based on the most recent data available which is from 2015-2016 surveys. During student teaching, candidates create a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) which is graded on a rubric. The rubric has several parts that include the ability to contextualize the learning environment, complete pre and post assessments of student learning to demonstrate candidates make a positive difference for P-12 students. Using a variety of formative and summative assessments candidates are effective in classrooms and positively impact student learning as noted in the Indiana Department of Education data.
Data regarding this impact can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.
CAEP Component 4.2
Anderson University uses the Indiana Department of Education survey data as an element in demonstrating that our candidates that graduate as completers are effective educators. The unit is exploring ways to add evidence in this area. Our candidates are rated at 99% effective or highly effective for the past three years of Indiana Department of Education survey data based on the most recent data which is from 2015-2016.
Teachers with one year of experience were rated as 90% effective and 5 % highly effective. With two years of experience, the teachers were rated as 71% effective and 29% highly effective. Teachers with thee years of experience were also rated as 71% effective and 29 % highly effective.
Data regarding effectiveness can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.
CAEP Component 4.3 A, 4.1
Anderson University uses the Indiana Department of Education survey data as an element in demonstrating that our candidates that graduate as completers are well-prepared as noted by principal ratings reported to the Indiana Department of Education. The overall satisfaction of the principals with the level of preparation of the teachers was very positive. The principal survey responded to three areas with several criteria in each area: Knowledge; Pedagogical Preparation; Professional Dispositions. In the area of Knowledge preparation the principals ranked teachers prepared by Anderson University from 94-100% satisfied or very satisfied; In Pedagogical Preparation of Teacher 94-100% satisfied or very satisfied; and Professional Disposition of Teacher 88-100% satisfied or very satisfied. The Overall Assessment by the principals surveyed indicated a 100% Satisfied or Very Satisfied rating.
This data regarding employer satisfaction can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.
CAEP Component 4.4 A. 4.2
Teachers responded to a four-level Likert-type scale regarding 20 subset items in three broad areas of preparation: Knowledge; Performance; and Dispositional. In the area of Knowledge Preparation, they indicated 100% satisfaction on all five areas. In Performance Preparation, they rated their satisfaction as 95-100% prepared in ten subset items. In Dispositional Preparation they also noted 100% in all areas except working effectively with parents/guardians with a rating of 95%. Their overall assessment was that 100% felt well prepared or excellently prepared.
A less formal assessment at the end of student teaching in the form of a feedback sheet for the School of Education also indicates that candidates feel well-prepared.
There were twenty-six of fifty-two candidates graduated in eight semesters in the Spring of 2017, while another six graduated in seven semesters and two graduated in six semesters. There are many variables. More candidates are bringing in associate degrees or the equivalent of up to 24 hours of undergraduate credit to Anderson University. Some candidates have difficulty passing the required tests, change majors, or for other reasons need an extra semester or two to complete their undergraduate degrees.
Anderson University has long operated under the policy the candidates embed tests required for licensure in the program of teacher education and preparation. Therefore, graduates are eligible for licensure upon graduation. Candidates who have testing anxiety or recall concerns do take the tests more than once.
Ability of completers to meet licensing requirements and additional state requirements:
The teacher education preparation program at Anderson University requires that candidates comply with the 3.0 GPA for admission to the teacher education program and to maintain the GPA for admission to student teaching. Candidates must also successfully complete required state tests and training as part of the program. Therefore, all completers are fully ready for licensure at the conclusion of their program and are recommended for licensure to the state of Indiana.
Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared:
Candidates are hired, often before the completion of student teaching. Of 49 candidates that supplied employment data for 2016-2017, 92% were employed and 2% chose to enroll in graduate school and 6% did not reply.
The overall Anderson University student loan default rate for the three-year cohort is 8.1%.