AJCU Statement on the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review Report

On Tuesday, June 17th, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its annual report and rankings of teacher preparation programs across the United States. Once again, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and its member institutions refused to participate.
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AJCU Statement on the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review Report
Tuesday, June 17, 2014


On Tuesday, June 17th, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its annual report and rankings of teacher preparation programs across the United States. Once again, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and its member institutions refused to participate.

Although the data collection methodology was expanded to mirror existing and sanctioned accreditation processes used by the majority of teacher preparation programs, we call into question the ethics and efficacy NCTQ used to determine rankings of institutions that NCTQ identified as “non-cooperating,” including ten AJCU institutions. The remaining Jesuit colleges and universities with teacher education programs also refused to comply with the voluminous documentation requirements. However, several of their programs were ranked, without the benefit of the artificial increases in rankings associated with aptly named “booster” standards. The deans and chairs of education programs at Jesuit colleges and universities ask how an institution that chooses not to participate in a survey can be accurately ranked.

Jesuit colleges and universities continue to uphold a 450-year old tradition of academic excellence and social justice and remain committed to accreditation for professional programs including education. The AJCU and members of the AJCU Education Conference are proud to support the 24 education programs at Jesuit colleges and universities that are training future teachers across the nation. We welcome the opportunity to dialogue on the best methodology to determine the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation programs.

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