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APSU among 32 Educator Prep Providers Recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement in honor of Frank Murray


WASHINGTON – Earlier this month, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that Austin Peay State University is one of 32 providers from 16 states, Puerto Rico and Jordan to receive recognition for its leadership and commitment to continuous improvement. The recipients of the 2022 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement provided evidence and data trends to achieve accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvement.

In November 2021, APSU President Mike Licari received a congratulatory letter from the CAEP, announcing that the Eriksson College of Education was now accredited for another seven years. The letter stated that “No areas for improvement or stipulations were identified in this report.”

“This recognition is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people — our staff, faculty, our district partners, and academic units across the university,” Dr. Prentice Chandler, dean of the APSU Eriksson College of Education, said. “This was truly a team effort, and this is a team win. This accolade shows that we are among the top educator preparation providers in the nation. Not only have we earned CAEP Accreditation, the gold standard for educator preparation, this recognition provides validation that our students and their families are investing in an education program that is second to none. Excellence in teacher education lives at Austin Peay State University.”

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.

 “Frank Murray was passionate about education preparation, a prominent leader in our profession, and an advocate for evidence to improve education. The providers that CAEP is recognizing are committed to continuous improvement and preparing their students to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Yuhang Rong Chair of the CAEP Board of Directors. “CAEP Accreditation is a sign of commitment to quality through purposeful use of evidence. The Murray Leadership Recognition recipients should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Recipients of the 2022 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement are selected from the educator preparation providers (EPPs) that were granted accreditation by CAEP at the initial level from the previous year, who provided a full complement of evidence with demonstrated data trends and no stipulations or areas for improvement. Providers selected for recognition advance equity and excellence in educator preparation through purposeful use of self-study procedures and evidence-based reporting that assure quality and support continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 learning. These EPPs use inquiry and assessments to establish quality assurance systems to drive improvement.

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, by completion, for the challenging responsibilities that educators face in America’s classrooms. Approximately, 600 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.

Frank Murray Recognition for Continuous Improvement:

Appalachian State University—North Carolina

Austin Peay University—Tennessee

Averett University—Virginia

Brigham Young University—Utah

California University of Pennsylvania

Clemson University—South Carolina

Delta State University—Mississippi

East Tennessee State University

Eastern Connecticut State University

Emory and Henry College—Virginia

Furman University—South Carolina

Georgian Court University—New Jersey

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Lehman College-CUNY—New York

Mary Baldwin University—Virginia

Middle Tennessee State University

Milligan University—Tennessee

Montclair State University—New Jersey

Oral Roberts University—Oklahoma

Queen Rania Teacher Academy—Jordan

Rutgers University—New Jersey

Southern Connecticut State University

Taylor University—Indiana

The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of Kansas

University of North Georgia

University of Pikeville—Kentucky

University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon

Virginia Commonwealth University

Webster University—Missouri

Western Carolina University—North Carolina

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