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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: SEPTEMBER 12, 2001


Seven of North Carolina's 47 teacher education programs received an exemplary rating and one received a low-performing rating in the third Performance Report on Teacher Education Programs for 2000-01, presented today to the State Board of Education.

The seven exemplary institutions are Appalachian State University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Salem College, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Western Carolina University. Shaw University received a low performing designation.

This report rates teacher education programs according to three overall criteria: compliance with state and national accreditation standards, the quality of program completers, and involvement with and service to public schools. Each program received points based on whether it met or exceeded each criterion and scores were totaled to determine which programs were designated Exemplary or Low Performing. Institutions receiving 135 points or greater were identified as Exemplary. Institutions with 95 points or fewer (if all information was reported) or receiving less than 70 percent in each category of information were identified as Low Performing. (The accompanying chart lists point totals for each institution.)

Overall trends outlined in the report showed that enrollment of undergraduate degree-seeking students was down slightly from 5,988 to 5,940 full-time students and from 509 part-time students to 496. At the same time, an increase occurred in the enrollment of students seeking to meet licensure requirements but not to receive a degree. Twenty-three percent of full-time students, in fact, are not seeking a four-year degree from the teacher education programs, signifying that they are prospective teachers who may already possess four-year degrees in other fields.

Lateral entry teachers enrolled in one or more classes leading to licensure increased by approximately 32 percent from 2,123 in 2000 to 3,135 in 2001.

The grade point average for teacher education programs remains significantly above the 2.5 required for admission to the programs, signifying that the quality of potential teachers in the programs remains reasonably high.

State Board of Education Chairman Phillip J. Kirk Jr. challenged higher education institutions to use this report as a springboard to make needed improvements in their programs. "Just as our state's school accountability program has prompted local school systems to more carefully focus school improvement efforts, this report card can provide information to encourage our state's public and private universities and colleges to improve their programs," Kirk said.

The State Board of Education has the authority to approve or close teacher education programs in North Carolina.

Preparing this annual report card of teacher education programs requires local institutions to work closely with DPI teacher education officials to supply data and information.

State Superintendent Mike Ward said that the partnerships between the Department of Public Instruction, institutions of higher education and local school districts are critical to efforts to continue improving public schools and student achievement. "Quality teachers and other educational personnel are key to our efforts to raise student achievement across North Carolina. We depend on the public and private colleges and universities in North Carolina to prepare quality teachers for our local schools."

To read the complete IHE Performance Report, please go to the DPI Web site, and look under In the News. The state summary information is available there, as well as the individual institutions' reports.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Sullivan, director, Division of Human Resource Management, NC DPI, 919.807.3355.

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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.