TSU fights loss of teacher-ed accreditation

November 04, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

Towson State University has successfully appealed the loss of accreditation for its teacher-education program and is to be re-evaluated.

The loss of accreditation in March from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education dismayed officials at the school, which came into being in the 19th century as a teachers' college.

The university appealed, saying the evaluation was flawed. The council agreed this week and said it would re-evaluate the program.

"We are very pleased to have won our appeal," said James B. Binko, dean of the College of Education. The council "has acknowledged that there are problems with the evaluation procedures, and the accreditation process continues to be the subject of debate among institutions nationally," Mr. Binko said.

The Towson program will continue to be accredited while the re-evaluation takes place.

The recent evaluation was the first for Towson under a tougher set of standards the council established in 1988. In the evaluation, the council objected to the number of part-time faculty and to the large course loads some faculty members must carry. It also said Towson State should have more minorities in both its faculty and student body.

Roughly 30 percent of the 259 schools that have applied for reaccreditation since the council adopted its new standards have failed.

Teachers trained at non-accredited institutions are still qualified for jobs in Maryland schools as long as their programs are certified by the state.

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