UNCP School of
Education Rated "Exemplary"
Dean of School
The School of Education
at UNC Pembroke was rated "exemplary" in the second Performance Report
issued Thursday by the State Board of Education.
Overall UNCP ranked
second out of 47 colleges and universities which train teachers in North
Carolina, and first among universities with enrollment under 10,000.
Only four schools were ranked exemplary while five were rated low performing.
UNCP outscored all
but UNC Greensboro, earning 136 out of 150 points. In the first report,
the School of Education scored 120 for a rating that "meets expectations"
of the State Board of Education.
was rated in three overall categories, student's performance on national
tests, involvement with public schools and compliance with accreditation
"This is truly outstanding
news, and we are extremely proud of this achievement," Chancellor Allen
C. Meadors said. "Our School of Education and Dean Zoe Locklear should
be especially pleased with the results of their hard work. They have
proved once again that you can get an exceptionally high quality degree
at a small university that puts students first."
"This is another
example of the outstanding programs offered at The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke," Chancellor Meadors said. "Our sincere hope is
that our reputation a truly outstanding School of Education will help
us attract and graduate more public school teachers for our region."
Dr. Locklear, dean
of the School of Education, said her faculty took the performance standards
in the report very seriously and made serious efforts to improve their
scores. The good news, she said, is their hard work paid off.
"We're just so excited
about this news," Dr. Locklear said. "We do a lot with a very small
faculty and staff, and we do a lot that is not measured in that report."
The School of Education
took several steps to improve its performance, Dean Locklear said. They
- Education professors
took the national teacher examinations and adjusted curriculum to
focus on improving test scores. Review sessions and other steps were
taken to improve student performance on national tests.
- Increased minority
student recruitment in undergraduate and graduate programs
- Created new initiatives
with the public schools to recruit new teachers and retain new teachers
- Used grant money
to engage in collaborative efforts with classroom teachers and administrators
- Placed more emphasis
on training lateral entry (uncertified) classroom teachers by moving
education classes to evenings and Saturdays
- Produced additional
staff development programs for career teachers
"We are able to
do a lot with limited resources," Dean Locklear said, noting that UNC
Greensboro has 81 full-time faculty members compared to 13 for UNC Pembroke.
"We have a great
faculty and staff who are very committed to teacher education." "We
have outstanding students who are committed to their university, the
public schools and the region," she said.
report for colleges and universities that train teachers was mandated
by the Excellent Schools Act of 1997 and measures a wide variety of
areas. The State Board of Education administers the program.
must have not only a qualified, but also a high quality, teacher in
every public school classroom in this state, and this report allows
us to determine how well our colleges and universities are preparing
teachers to enter the profession," State Board of Education Chairman
Phillip J. Kirk Jr. said. "The most important element of this report
may be the requirement that institutions identify ways to overcome deficiencies
in their programs. The Board is very interested in finding ways to encourage
each program to improve."
report notes a 14 percent statewide increase in enrollment in teacher
education programs and a 30 percent increase in enrollment in lateral
The other schools
rated exemplary were UNC Asheville and Greensboro College.
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