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Why are we closing the Department of Education?

A comprehensive review of all academic and selected non-academic programs occurred in 2011-2012. Each program was evaluated based on four indicators; mission, program quality, financial viability and marketability. The comprehensive review involved every constituent group at the University, including alumni. The Comprehensive Academic Review specifically noted that while the existence of the Department of Education was consistent with the historical mission of the University, contemporary realities had begun to erode the strength and viability of the department. Most notably, the findings revealed low numbers of students entering the University with an interest in majoring in education. Further, the University’s support of the departmental budget was not countered by successful proposal development by the faculty. The findings indicated clearly that the department was no longer financially viable. Finally, the low passage rate of JCSU students on the Praxis II examination continued to place the department’s accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in jeopardy. 

Based on the findings of the review, a recommendation emerged to close the Department of Education in academic year 2015-2016. The recommendation was accepted and approved by the Board of Trustees. Subsequent meetings were held with all students enrolled in programs in the Department of Education, and the University developed and submitted, as required by SACS, a Teach-Out Plan which specifically outlined the options provided by the University to assure that every student completed their course of study as originally planned.  The Teach-Out Plan also outlined how faculty in the Department would be held harmless as a result of the closing. The Teach-Out Plan was accepted by SACS and the Department of Education will close at the end of academic year 2015-2016 allowing every student currently enrolled to graduate.

This answer was posted on: 6/11/2013 9:09 pm