POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam is soliciting third-party comments about the quality of its teacher education programs as part of its accreditation process.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education will conduct a reaccreditation review for SUNY Potsdam's education programs in Fall 2014.
Both NCATE and SUNY Potsdam say they recognize that graduates, parents, schools and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel.
"SUNY Potsdam has a long and distinguished history of teacher preparation that dates back to the founding of the St. Lawrence Academy in 1816," said Dr. Peter Brouwer, dean of The School of Education and Professional Studies. "Feedback on the quality of our programs is essential in maintaining programs that are current and responsive to the needs of society in the 21st century. We invite and encourage interested parties to submit written testimony on our programs to NCATE."
Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs that are seeking continuing accreditation.
All interested parties are invited to submit written testimony on SUNY Potsdam's education programs by no later than July 19. Comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20036-1023.
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the professional education programs offered at SUNY Potsdam, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). No anonymous testimony will be considered.
Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to SUNY Potsdam for comment prior to NCATE's on-site review. Third-party testimony and the institutional response, if any, become part of the data that the Board of Examiners and the Unit Accreditation Board considers in its decision-making process.
SUNY Potsdam's teacher education program is the oldest in the SUNY system, dating back to the College's foundation in 1816. To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's NCATE reaccreditation process, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/SOEPS/education/ncate.