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Selectivity, accreditation, and the NCTQ report

A few weeks back I wrote about the possible effects of higher admission requirements for schools of education, such higher standards being part of the draft CAEP accreditation standard. If you were to look across ed schools, would you find they have roughly equal admission standards or do some impose a high bar and others no bar at all? In other words, will schools uniformly have to raise standards or do some already meet the standards while others don’t even come close.

No one knows the answer, but the new NCTQ/US News ed school ratings suggest that the answer is the latter. Quite a few schools already draw from the top half of the academic achievement distribution (that’s better than the new standards require), but quite a few schools definitely do not draw from the top half.

Here’s the picture taken from the NCTQ report.

NCTQ SelectivityThe picture doesn’t match perfectly with the new accreditation standards, but it suggests that about a quarter of undergraduate programs and maybe half of graduate programs are falling short of what the accreditors want. It is, of course, possible that the programs that fall short don’t expect to be accredited anyway.

(Full disclosure: One of my daughters worked on the NCTQ report as a summer intern.)

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