The career success of our graduates in the U.S. and in Ontario speaks to the high quality of teacher and leader preparation at Niagara University. The College of Education takes great pride in the quality of its academic programs, its strong partnerships with P-12 schools and community agencies, and of its alumni. Our commitment to excellence is based on standards of the profession and of our accrediting agencies – measures of accountability which 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 document of rankings to be issued by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and distributed through U.S. News and World Report. Niagara University did not participate in the survey, but our university 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., Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Debra A. Colley, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education