Two of Stritch’s colleges receive reaccreditation

Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:00:00 PM

In addition to the recent reaccreditation of Stritch’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, the College of Education and Leadership and College of Business and Management have both been reaccredited by their respective councils.

College of Education and Leadership
The College of Education and Leadership, which prepares more new teachers and administrators than any other private college in Wisconsin, has received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NCATE and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) accreditation provides an assurance that the school’s teacher and administrator preparation program has met national and state standards set for the teaching field and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers and representatives of the public.

The college has a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge programs that transform lives and communities. Stritch was the first institution in southeastern Wisconsin to introduce a Master of Arts degree program in reading and special education, an undergraduate certificate in leadership and an undergraduate dual certification program in regular education and special education. Its educational leadership program has won awards for excellence and its initial certification programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels prepare highly effective teachers.

In addition to degree programs, the college’s Literacy Centers provide access to functional, lifetime literacy for students in Milwaukee at five urban locations, while the Leadership Center nurtures and enhances leadership in the educational, political, charitable and corporate sectors, especially for those underrepresented in roles of influence and decision making.

The NCATE accreditation covers all educator preparation programs for the purpose of preparing and developing professional educators for work in P-12 school settings, including off-campus programs, distance learning programs, and alternate route programs. The DPI review covers all licensure programs.

College of Business and Management
The College of Business and Management recently had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the leading specialized accreditation association for business education that supports, celebrates, and rewards teaching excellence.

The effort reinforces a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship. It meshes with the college’s new mission to help students gain critical skills and training to balance people, planet, and profit in service to a greater good.

The college’s recent realignment supports this goal. Holbrook said that a new way of thinking and operating was required to ensure that the college continues to produce well-informed, marketable graduates who are attractive to employers.

To this end, the college was segmented into undergraduate and graduate schools, each led by an associate dean. Each school now has faculty chairs in programmatic areas, providing oversight on curriculum, as well as faculty management and development.

This structure renews the role of the faculty and strengthens the college’s system of shared governance. The move was also geared to enhance the marketplace perception that the College of Business and Management has a demonstrated expertise in business education, allowing for better long-term growth for both traditional and non-traditional business programs.

The ACBSP embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable balance between teaching and research. Further, the ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

The University as a whole will be visited by its primary accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, in April 2014.