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Brandman earns an A+ in educating educators

April 27, 2015 by Cindy O'Dell
Brandman University Dean Christine Zeppos; Angela Haugh, director of Credential Services; A.L. Hough, state clinical chair for Brandman; Kathy Theuer, associate dean in the School of Education for multiple and single subjects, director of accreditation; David E. Todt, provost/vice president of Shawnee State University and NCATE team leader; Lynette Roby, consultant with CTC; Mark Cary, CTC team leader; Lynn Larsen, associate dean School of Education.

Dean Christine Zeppos; Angela Haugh, director of Credential Services; A.L. Hough, state clinical chair for Brandman; Kathy Theuer, associate dean in the School of Education for multiple and single subjects, director of accreditation; David E. Todt, provost/vice president of Shawnee State University and NCATE team leader; Lynette Roby, consultant with CTC; Mark Cary, CTC team leader; Lynn Larsen, associate dean School of Education.

Brandman University School of Education has done what only elite education programs have been able to do in their recent CTC re-accreditation and NCATE (national) initial accreditation: The school simultaneously earned recommendations for CTC & NCATE accreditation and did it so by fully meeting all 152 program standards and all unit standards with no areas of concern.

“It’s the exception, not the rule,” said Dr. David E. Todt, provost of Shawnee State University and co-leader of the accreditation team visiting Brandman last week. “That’s a testament to the great design of the program and its implementation.”

Formal CTC accreditation will occur when the Council on Accreditation (COA) meets on June 24 in Sacramento, and when the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preperation (CAEP) meets in October in Washington, DC. But the Public Report of Findings made by Todt, representing the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education  (NCATE), and Mark Cary, representing the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), couldn’t have been more glowing.

“It’s an extraordinary outcome,” said Cary in his remarks to Brandman University administrators and members of the School of Education.

“Three things stuck with us. You have an incredible set of systems to process. I needed to see not just how it works, but that it works. You’ve been able to bring a level of cohesiveness and integration that’s profound. I’ve not seen it elsewhere. You’re able to be responsive in a way that I’ve not seen in other institutions … Underlying all that is something that came through palpably, and that’s a sense of purpose. People know their roles are as important as all the other roles and they know how they serve the other roles. They value what others do and they know that they’re valued,” said Cary.

Dave E. Todt, provost/vice president for academic affairs at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. He was the leader of the NCATE team.

Dave E. Todt, provost/vice president for academic affairs at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. He was the leader of the NCATE team.

The accreditation recommendations are the result of years of steady work to develop exemplary preparation programs and an assessment system that does not just identify that Brandman graduates are meeting expectations, but exceeding district and school expectations for new teachers, principals and education professionals.

In thanking the team that visited Brandman this week, Dr. Christine Zeppos, dean of the School of Education, said it was important to hear that Brandman is serving its community. “We chose to voluntarily seek national accreditation, even though extremely time-consuming and challenging, because we want our graduates to be known for completing a rigorous ‘gold standard program’ who are highly effective educators. It is an honor to receive these recommendations from this 13-member joint CA/National site visit team as it further validates that we are producing the high quality educators that our community so desperately needs.”

“This is a testament to the very hard word of Dean Christine Zeppos, Associate Deans Kathy Theuer, Pat Clark White and Lynn Larsen, and indeed the efforts of numerous staff and faculty,” said Chancellor Gary Brahm in an e-mail to the Brandman faculty and staff. He said there could be no finer stamp of approval.

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