Iowa was one of four locations for public hearings on the USDE proposal for ranking colleges to provide better information for applicants. The IACTE Executive Board made a response at those hearings (See below.) Another response was posted on the Huffington Post by Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity Washington University. She described it as the “silly season” at the Department of Education. However silly, Arne Duncan and the Obama administration seem intent on inflicting it upon higher education in the name of reform.
Our Executive Board has responded– do you agree or disagree?
Dr. Larry Bice of the Iowa Department of Public Instruction has issued an invitation to IACTE members to sign up for becoming 2014-15 Accreditation Reviewers. Deadline is January 1. Click here for the signup sheet .
President Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Education to develop and publish a new college ratings system that would be available for students and families before the 2015-16 school year. The ratings system is supposed to help students compare the value offered by colleges and encourage colleges to improve.
Open forums were held and UNI was one of four sites for public comment on November 15, 2013.
IACTE President Nadene Davidson was there to provide input from the IACTE Executive Board.
Here is the statement she made:
The Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory at American Institutes for Research will host a free webinar Wednesday, November 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. CST, to address the question of how we prepare preservice teachers to work in online and blended settings.
“Making Connections: Teaching Preservice Teachers to Teach Online” will feature Kathryn Kennedy, director of research at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and Leanna Archambault, assistant professor at Arizona State University, who coauthored the 2012 study Offering Preservice Teachers Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning: A National Survey of Teacher Education Programs. Kennedy and Archambault will discuss the current landscape in the field. Bryan Zugelder, executive director for undergraduate affairs and partnerships at the University of Central Florida’s College of Education and Human Performance, will share practical examples, and Mary Herring, associate dean of education at the University of Northern Iowa and chair of AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology, will discuss lessons for future work. More information can be found at AACTE’s Blog.