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2004

Public Comments Sought on FMU's School of Education Programs

     FLORENCE---The School of Education at Francis Marion University is scheduled for an accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Oct. 23-27.

     Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for accreditation.  FMU’s undergraduate and graduate education programs were first accredited by NCATE in 1999.  The university is among more than 500 institutions nationally with NCATE approved teacher education programs.

     Officials at both NCATE and FMU recognize that graduates, parents, schools and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel.  Interested parties are invited to submit written testimony on the FMU School of Education to the Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023 or via email to callforcomments@ncate.org.

     Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered at FMU and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).  Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to FMU for comment prior to the accreditation review.  No anonymous testimony will be considered.

     Letters of comment should be received at NCATE headquarters no later than July 16.

     NCATE is a partnership of more than 30 national professional organizations that have united to ensure high quality teacher preparation.

     For more information, contact Barbara Thayer, assistant professor of education at FMU, who is chairing the School of Education’s accreditation process, at 843-661-1434.

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Last Published: July 19, 2004 6:02 AM
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