Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg's College of Education Receives National Recognition
Bloomsburg, PA (11/30/2022) — The College of Education and Human Studies at Bloomsburg, part of Commonwealth University, received national recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) when it was named a recipient of the Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement.
The recognition is given to educator preparation programs that achieve accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvement. These programs advance equity and excellence in their programs through the purposeful use of self-study procedures and evidence-based reporting that assure quality and support continuous improvement to strengthen learning.
Bloomsburg was last visited by the CAEP in 2020, with their high marks qualifying them for the 2022 Recognition.
"Congratulations to everyone involved in earning this award from CAEP," said Dr. Bashar W. Hanna, President of Commonwealth University. "All faculty involved should be commended for their commitment to excellence in their work and through the accreditation process, which resulted in no stipulations or areas for improvement. This honor is a testament to their dedication."
The Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement is named after the founding President of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and TEAC. Murray was the founding President of TEAC, served as Chairman of the Board for TEAC and was also an initial member of the CAEP Board of Directors. He was a key advocate for a single set of educator preparation standards to unify the profession and was instrumental in the merger that created CAEP. He also served as the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Delaware from 1979 to 1995.
CAEP accreditation serves the dual purposes of accountability and continuous improvement. 471 educator preparation providers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have been accredited under the CAEP Standards. The CAEP accreditation process evaluates the performance of providers and focuses particularly on whether candidates will be prepared, for the challenging responsibilities that educators face in our classrooms. Approximately, 600 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.
The integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities under the banner of Commonwealth University is a bold investment in the communities and people of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to expand high-quality, affordable academic opportunities to support the needs of all learners. We're building a powerful tomorrow by boldly changing the trajectory of public higher education to position ourselves for growth, increased access, and to meet economic and workforce development needs. Together we're honoring our history, investing in today, and building a powerful tomorrow. That's the power of three.