Colleges of Education Maintaining High Standards

June 13, 2013  |  by Maritza Mulready

The College of Education at Niagara University is lauded as an exceptional provider of teacher preparation programs and takes great pride, therefore, in the quality of its academic programs and of the career success of its graduates in the U.S. and in Ontario.  Alumni,  current students and the communities served by the college have witnessed the evidence of our commitment to excellence and to accreditation standards  – measures of accountability that are set by the New York State Education Department,  the  Ministry of Training,  colleges and universities in Ontario,  the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Ontario College of Teachers, among others.  Their standards set a high bar for the profession and have been developed through sound methodology and research.

In June,  we expect a report-card type of document to be issued by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and distributed through the U.S. News and World Report.  Niagara University did not participate in the survey,   but will be included in the ratings, nonetheless.  The Letter to the Field provides further information on our knowledge of this rating,  our commitment to academic excellence,  our steadfast contributions to the mission of Niagara University,  and the rigorous, research-based  accountability measures set forth by the profession.

We are proud to present evidence of accountability, high standards, and commitment to excellence  – evidence that is noted in the quality of our graduates,  their impact on student learning,  the contributions they make in serving those most in need in our community,  and our partnerships with the P-12 schools and agencies who serve children and youth.

Timothy Downs,  Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

Debra A. Colley, Ph.D., Dean,  College of Education