to the College of Education and SACS Accreditation
College of Education at the University of South Florida is one
of the largest in the southeastern United States, and one of
the most effective when judged on multiple measures of quality.
Our College of Education was ranked 60th among Graduate Schools
of Education, according the U.S. News and World Report, placing
us in the top third of ranked institutions.
The College of Education is accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as part of University accreditation.
It is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Florida Department of
Education (FLDOE). In a rigorous accreditation visit in 2000,
NCATE noted in particular the following strengths:
Partnerships with school districts;
Technology resources for students and faculty;
Articulation with community colleges, and
A commitment to quality programming.
evidence of quality is highlighted briefly in the paragraphs
2003-04 annual student headcount (on all campuses other than
St. Petersburg, which is currently seeking its own SACS accreditation),
is 3,638. The College is large and enjoyed a 35.4% increase
in graduate productivity between 1999-00 and 2003-04. An increasing
number of students seeking initial certification are enrolled
in masters programs, many choosing education as a second career.
In addition, USF was recently granted Research I status, and
the University as a whole has placed an emphasis on graduate
education. The College of Education on the Tampa campus alone
accounted for 46.4%, or almost half of the total increase in
graduate enrollment in the University between 1999 and 2004.
rates for first time in college students (FTICs), AA transfers
and other transfers exceeded 92%. Retention rates for AA transfer
students from community colleges --for years a large part of
the pre-service enrollment in the College -- has increased by
10% in the past two years.
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