Accountability and Accreditation
Accountability and Accreditation
University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Unique to education itself are other accrediting and
accountability bodies with strict guidelines and standards that must be met in order
for the College of Education (SoE) at UHCL to recommend educators for teaching certificates,
supplemental certificates, master teacher certificates and certificates requiring
a master's degree. Below is a brief description of the accountability and accreditation
measures of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)/Texas
Education Agency (TEA) and how the university measures up to those criteria and standards.
Department of Education Accountability
In 1998, Congress reauthorized Title II of the Higher Education Act. The Act established
a reporting system for the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to collect information
annually on the quality of the teacher training programs of states and institutions
of higher education. Within Title II, the USDE mandates federal accountability measures
to determine how well all higher education institutions prepare teachers, what states
require of individuals before they are allowed to teach and how institutions and states
are raising their standards to provide "highly qualified" educators. The USDE administers
Title II and gathers information from all the states each October for distribution
in April of the following year. Institutions are ranked on aggregate and summary pass
rates. The rankings show the percentages of program completers who demonstrated subject-matter
competency by passing a required state assessment. In Texas, the Texas Education Agency
(TEA) collects data for Title II.
The pass rates of those who completed their teacher certification at UHCL during the
2013-2014 academic year were evaluated and compared to the pass rates of the state
and national groups of program completers. At UHCL, students from 2013-2014 had an
overall passing rate of 99% on all of their state assessments. The pass rates from
2014-2015 are not yet available from TEA.
For a complete summary of all pass rates and for additional data about UHCL in relation
to other EPPs in the nation, see the US Department of Education Title II, Institution
Progress Report Card web page at https://title2.ed.gov/default.asp.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the largest
and most recognized accrediting body for teacher education in the United States. University
of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is one of only 15 Texas higher education institutions
to be accredited by NCATE. NCATE has rigorous academic guidelines for initial and
advanced levels of educator certification. NCATE site visitors conducted a review
of SOE's initial and advanced level programs in Spring 2014 and found no areas for
University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is one of 150 Educator Preparation Programs
(EPP) in the State of Texas that are accredited to recommend educators for certificates.
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)/Texas Education Agency (TEA) implements
stringent guidelines and standards for initial and advanced levels of educator certification.
TEA accreditation for 2015 was based on candidate pass rate performance on state assessments.
TEA's last announcement of UHCL's overall final pass rate on all state assessments
was 100%. For 2014-2015, programs were evaluated on pass rates, principal appraisals
of beginning teachers and on the field supervision support given to beginning teachers.
For 2015-2016, programs will additionally be evaluated for accreditation on the improvement
in achievement made by the students of UHCL's beginning teachers.
The administrative functions for the certification process are conducted by the Educator
Preparation - Accountability & Program Management Division of the TEA. Licensing authority
remains with the SBEC.
Program Performance Data
In accordance with the standards of the state of Texas, the UHCL EPP publicly provides
the following data:
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