Fort Hays State, NCATE celebrate 50th anniversary of education accreditation agency's founding

What has become Fort Hays State University's College of Education and Technology became a founding member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education on July 1, 1954.

Fifty years later, NCATE has become the premier accrediting agency for education professionals in the United States, currently accrediting 575 colleges of education, including the college at FHSU.

"FHSU's College of Education and Technology is widely recognized for having built a solid reputation for preparing outstanding educators," said Dr. Ed Mills, dean of the college. "A long and fruitful association with NCATE has served not only in helping the college stay current with national standards, but also in further enhancing its success in meeting state and regional teacher education needs."

NCATE-accredited colleges of education produce more than two-thirds of the nation's new teachers every year. Thirty-nine states have adopted or adapted NCATE standards for their own state accreditation systems, including Kansas. The Kansas State Board of Education recently voted to continue its partnership relationship with NCATE to ensure continued high quality teachers produced in Kansas colleges and universities.

"We are proud of our ongoing association with NCATE and that our college has been continuously accredited for five decades," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of FHSU. "I am very happy to see that Kansas has renewed its partnership with NCATE. We look forward to strengthening future relationships."

The NCATE accreditation system is based upon periodic inspection visits. The last NCATE accreditation visit to FHSU was in 2002. The next visit is scheduled for 2005.

The education unit, comprised of 34 teacher preparation programs in all four colleges -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Leadership and the College of Health and Life Sciences in addition to Education and Technology -- has been working diligently to ensure that all Kansas State Department of Education and NCATE standards have been met.

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