School of Education
Keeps 'Exemplary' Rating
Dean of School
For the second consecutive
year, UNC Pembroke's School of Education received the highest rating
in the annual review of the State Board of Education. The school tacked
two additional points on last year's exemplary rating.
UNCP received the
third highest rating among 47 colleges and universities in North Carolina
with teacher education programs.
The School of Education
scored 138 of a possible 150 points in 14 different categories. A score
of 135 or better earns the highest, "exemplary" rating.
Five other schools
earned exemplary ratings: UNC Greensboro, Duke University, East Carolina
University, Western Carolina University and Salem College. UNCP scored
highest among small colleges and universities
technology, enrollment, service to surrounding communities, student
satisfaction with the program and compliance with accreditation standards.
C. Meadors said the continued high ranking of UNCP's School of Education
confirms what university officials and faculty have know for many years
"When you look
at the other schools that were rated exemplary, it really speaks to
the quality of education that our students are getting and the hard
work of our faculty," Chancellor Meadors said. "When you consider
that we are a very small department with just 13 full-time professors,
it says even more about what a great job we are doing."
UNCP's scores have
increased every year from 120 in 1999, to 136 in 199 and 138 in 2000,
Education Dean Zoe Locklear was pleased with the results and with the
in categories of faculty and institutional involvement with the public
schools, services to beginning teachers and services to lateral entry
teachers," Dr. Locklear said. "I just want to thank everyone
involved with this report. I am so proud of the statewide recognition
we receive from these outstanding results."
for areas where we did not achieve the highest possible results and
planned with these areas in mind," Dr. Locklear said. "We
made a conscious effort to help new teachers and to improve national
teacher exam scores, and our efforts were rewarded."
The dean praised
her dedicated faculty and support staff, and also praised the 13 public
school units served by UNCP.
could not be effective in some of these areas without the cooperation
of the public schools," she said. "They work very closely
with us in planning."
Dr. Locklear said
the solid performance is a reflection of continuing programs combined
with new initiatives. NC Teach a program for lateral entry teachers
started last summer and a program to support teachers working on National
Board Certification started this fall.
During the 2000-2001
school year, UNCP had 427 graduate and undergraduate students in the
School of Education.
Other schools in
the region scores: Campbell University - 126; Fayetteville State University
- 116; St. Andrews College 113 and Methodist College - 100.
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