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AJCU Education Conference statement on independent study of Jesuit college and university teacher preparation programs

| By Nick Alexopulos

"The AJCU Education Conference, comprised of Deans, Chairs, and Directors within the 28 Jesuit Schools/Colleges of Education across the nation, has embarked on an independent research initiative with Eduventures, Inc., a research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on higher education. The final report of the study, to be released in December 2014, will highlight unique attributes and outcomes associated with graduating from a Jesuit institution. It will also detail the lengths to which programs in the Conference have gone to articulate mission, revamp curriculum, and document outcomes in teacher preparation. One long-term goal involves utilization of common outcome measures across the member institutions of the Education Conference. This initiative and future directions are expected to exceed the value and quality of program review and assessments processes currently required by state accreditation, national accreditation, and other unsanctioned entities concerned with teacher quality and teacher preparation."

Joshua Smith, Ph.D.
President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Education Conference
Dean, Loyola University Maryland School of Education

The AJCU's statement on the 2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review Report is available at ajcunet.edu.

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