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Loyola’s School of Education joins national accreditation organization AAQEP

Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education joins the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a programmatic accrediting organization that is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

After researching national accreditation organizations, Loyola’s School of Education decided to join the AAQEP due to its high standards and evidence-based approach.

AAQEP is a membership association and quality assurance agency that provides accreditation services and formative support to all types of educator preparation providers. AAQEP has membership of more than 180 educator preparation providers in 31 states and other jurisdictions, with 65 providers in 14 states and territories now AAQEP-accredited.

“National accreditation for Loyola’s School of Education will serve two purposes: fulfill our commitment to continuous improvement and connect Loyola University Maryland to a national network of outstanding educator preparation institutions,” said Afra Hersi, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Education. “We are committed to a rigorous process of self-study and peer review to affirm the exceptional quality of our programs and the school partnerships.”

Loyola University Maryland is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Loyola is working with faculty and representatives from AAQEP to determine a future date for quality assurance review.

Loyola’s School of Education will be under review for accreditation for three years with hopes of achieving accreditation by 2026 or 2027.

More about Loyola’s School of Education

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