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Oklahoma State University

Professional Education Unit Accreditation

Oklahoma State University is accredited as an NCATE Legacy Site based on our last accreditation visit in 2014, at which time the institution received no areas for improvement.  Our new accreditors, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Prep (CAEP) accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2021, with a written review to be submitted approximately one year prior to that visit.  Our state accrediting body is the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) which reviews our educator prep program (EPP) in tandem with national accreditors, also assessing state-level requirements.  Oklahoma State University provides annual reporting data to both entities.

Noted below are some common questions regarding the accreditation process.

Accreditation FAQs

1. What does it mean to have received no areas for improvement from our last accreditation visit?

Oklahoma State University is proud to have met and in some cases exceeded accreditation requirements upon our last review.  However, accreditation is a dynamic process and one we do not take lightly.  Educator Prep (Professional Ed) faculty at both the initial and advanced levels are always in a continuous improvement process, working to collect data on our programs and make informed decisions toward improvement based on our data.  We are also careful to assess the effectiveness of our assessments themselves to ensure timely, accurate data on which to base our decisions.

2. How does Oklahoma State University assess impact on P-12 learners (CAEP Standard 4.1)?

The Oklahoma Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (OACTE) was awarded a State Chapter Support Grant (SCSG) from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education for 2017-2018.  Through this grant we determined what data would be accessible from our P-12 partners school districts around the state which employ a significant portion of our program completers in their early careers.  We met with multiple regions’ superintendents and determined the data that school districts report having available.  We then compared regional data at the state level in order to determine availability of data for Standard 4.1, as well as the best means of obtaining this data directly from our completers’ employers.  Oklahoma State University is currently in the process of gathering this data from a key partner district; this data is expected to be available by the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

In addition to the above collaborative grant work, Oklahoma State University is currently the process of working with a sampling of completers on a new teacher inquiry project in the Spring 2019 semester (for completers from 2017-2018) that will also yield impact on student learning data.

3. How does Oklahoma State University assess teaching effectiveness (CAEP Standard 4.2)?

Oklahoma State University, through a Data Governance Council made up of Educator Prep Professionals in concert with OEQA and the Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, have made Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) assessment data available to universities in order to determine and verify our program completers’ success in the field, as well as identify opportunities for improvement in the preparation of current and future candidates.  There are a few measures for this, but the two most common assessments for which we have a large enough sample size to provide results publicly are the Tulsa Teacher Model and the Marzano Teacher Evaluation, attached below for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Academic Years.  It should be noted that for 2017-2018 data, we have not yet received data for April - August of 2018, which would include the majority of the data, though we will update this document when that data becomes available.

4. Does Oklahoma State University gather feedback from employers (CAEP Standard 4.3 and Advanced Program Standard 4.1)?

Yes, we do this in multiple ways.  Every year the Professional Education office hosts the annual Professional Education Advisory Board meeting for which stakeholders are invited to campus in order to offer important feedback to faculty.  At this meeting superintendents, principals (who also employ many of our graduates in addition to hosting them for field experiences and internships), mentor teachers, recent graduates, etc. come together to discuss the program in depth.  Each program’s group advises faculty on strengths that should be nourished and opportunities for improvement.  This feedback is then discussed and utilized by the full program faculty group to inform their respective continuous improvement processes.

We also survey all Oklahoma public school employers of our recent graduates to gather feedback.  This survey data is provided through the Oklahoma Data Governance Council annually.  Either the supervising principal or the recent graduate’s mentor completes this survey.

5. Does OSU gather feedback from program completers (CAEP Standard 4.4 and Advanced Standard 4.2)?

Yes, as noted above, program completers typically participate in the annual advisory group meeting.  We also analyze results of the First Year Teacher Survey provided by the Data Governance Council to inform programs’ and the EPP’s continuous improvement.

6. Does Oklahoma State University track graduation rates?

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Oklahoma State University is proud to have 240 completers from initial certification programs and 34 completers from advanced certification programs; these are individuals whom OSU recommended for certification.  When figured at six years from matriculation (when a student begins at the institution), the graduation rate for initial certification programs is 81% who earn a bachelor’s degree within that timeframe.  Using the same calculation for advanced program areas, the graduation rate is 78%.  Most of our graduate students work full-time, thus a portion of our students may take longer to earn their degree. The graduation rate of those earning the specific degree they sought at the bachelor’s level is 65.4%, while the same calculation for graduate level candidates remains 78% since graduate students very seldom change majors. 

7. How does Oklahoma State University assess candidates’ ability to certify upon completing the program?

We have multiple points of data on this, a large portion of which is captured in our annual Title II report below.  However, we also offer all certification exam results for convenience and maximum transparency.  Scores vary based on sample size (and those with fewer than 6 examinees may not be reported for privacy reasons).  The OGET is required for admission to Professional Education, and the OSAT must be taken prior to the internship. The OPTE exam is taken during the internship, the culminating experience for an initial certification educator candidate prior to program completion.  Advanced certification candidates take the appropriate exams during their program prior to completion (exam timeline is detailed on each program’s certification check sheet at the initial and advanced levels):

8. What is the likelihood for completers to be hired in education positions for which they have been prepared (initial and advanced)?

The Oklahoma State School Board Association (OSSBA, 2018) reported 536 teaching vacancies as of August 1, 2018. Further, 2,987 emergency certifications have been issued for the 2018-2019 academic year as of February 2019, a temporary certificate only provided at administrator request when the school does not have a certified applicant.  The intensity of the teacher shortage is felt in Oklahoma’s rural, urban, and suburban districts alike.  One intern (“student teacher”) in a suburban district in the Fall 2017 semester had 47 and 48 students respectively in her middle school social studies classes before the district hired her mid-year to be able to off-set these incredible class sizes.  There is an incredible need for teachers and specialists at advanced levels in all areas in the state of Oklahoma.  The need for educators in Oklahoma is widespread and profound.  The Oklahoma SDE Supply & Demand Study is available here.

Oklahoma State University’s completers have ample employment opportunities in their fields of study across the U.S. and beyond, however.  In addition to Oklahoma-based employers, our graduates are actively sought by districts in Texas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, with employers from each of these states attending the Educator Job Fair.  The latest salary data reported from 2017 demonstrates that our educators enter the field with starting salaries ranging between $36,600 and $52,000.  Further, we offer internship (“student teaching”) opportunities abroad, and we have also had completers who were recruited and accepted employment teaching in Costa Rica, for example.  In 2018, an Oklahoma principal in an urban partner district (with whom we place a large number of field experience candidates) with whom a staff member spoke stated of her recent Oklahoma State University hire, “I keep forgetting she’s a new teacher; she’s that effective.”

We do receive employment data for those who accept employment in Oklahoma public schools via the Data Governance Council (see First Year Teacher Survey above) for initial and advanced level completers.  However, it is more difficult to track those who seek employment out of state or outside public school settings.  To address this challenge, as of Fall 2018 completers, we are tracking employment through direct contact with our completers in order to have data that will reflect a comprehensive employment picture.

9. What is the student loan default rate at Oklahoma State University? 

The draft statement issued 2/25/19, the most updated information available at this time (April of 2019), notes 7% for the institution.  Official data will be available in August of 2019.

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