Accreditation and Title II Reporting

Anderson University has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Music Education program is also nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for licensure become eligible for a teaching certificate in Indiana and other states with reciprocal arrangements.

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Title II Reporting

Candidates must pass all tests required for licensure in Indiana prior to student teaching. Therefore, Anderson University has a 100% pass rate.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures: 2017-18

Impact of P-12 learning and development

CAEP Component 4.1

Anderson University Teacher Preparation Program was accredited by CAEP after a spring 2016 CAEP visit in which no areas for improvement were cited. The unit uses the Indiana Department of Education survey data as an element in demonstrating that candidates that graduate as completers from our program have a positive impact on student learning. The unit is continuing to explore ways to add evidence in this area. 

During student teaching, candidates create a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) which is graded on a rubric. The rubric has several parts that include the ability to contextualize the learning environment, complete pre and post assessments of student learning to demonstrate candidates make a positive difference for P-12 students. Using a variety of formative and summative assessments candidates are effective in classrooms and positively impact student learning as noted in the Indiana Department of Education data. The TWS gives experience in using assessment data to determine the impact on learning as candidates enter employment in schools as certified teachers.  

Data collected by the Indiana Department of Education on teaching effectiveness as indicated from the Principal Survey data and the rankings of the teachers as noted in items below are also indicators that candidates prepared at Anderson University to make a positive difference for P-12 students.

Data regarding this impact can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.

Indicators of teaching effectiveness

CAEP Component 4.2

In 2018 report from the Indiana Department of Education based on data from 2016-2017, the most recent data available, Section IV. Impact of EPP Principal Survey and Effectiveness ratings overall, 19 principals ranked that they were satisfied with the teachers prepared by Anderson University and an additional seven principals indicated they were very satisfied.  Only one principal marked dissatisfied.

Data regarding effectiveness can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.

Satisfaction of employers & employment milestones

CAEP Component 4.3 A, 4.1

In breaking down the assessment of teachers achieving effectiveness ratings from the principal survey indicated that of the 28 teachers with one year of experience 23 were ranked as effective and one was ranked highly effective. In the group of 25 teachers in the survey for two years of teaching, 18 were ranked as effective with four ranked as highly effective. In the group of 41 teachers with three years of experience, 23 were ranked as effective with 15 achieving highly effective ratings. Therefore, the total of 94 teachers in the 2016-2017 report (the most recent available) 89 percent of the teachers achieved effective or highly effective ratings. In open-ended comments, principals noted the continued need for better classroom management.

The data is available from the Indiana Department of Education.

Although the number of alumni candidates was small (n=3) responding to the 2018 Annual Educator Preparation Program Report conducted by the Indiana Department of Education in the category “Overall Assessment” 100% rated their preparation at Anderson University as Excellent. In the areas of Knowledge and Pedagogical Preparation were positive with all the responses “Agree” or “Strongly Agree.” The area of Professional Disposition Preparation Item 21 “Working effectively within the school culture” one response was Disagree, one was Agree, and one was Strongly Agree. The only open-ended comment was very positive. “Anderson University offers a program that is comprised of very experienced teachers who are the professors preparing us for the classroom. They put a lot of effort into preparing us to open our minds and think outside the box in order to prepare us for the real-world of a teacher in a community classroom.”

This data regarding employer satisfaction can be accessed from the Indiana Department of Education.

Graduation Rates

The Teacher Preparation Program at Anderson University for 2017-2018 had two candidates who graduated in 11 semesters; one who graduated in 10 semesters; 10 candidates graduated in nine semesters and 18 candidates graduated in eight semesters.

Meeting Requirements

Ability of completers to meet licensing requirements and additional state requirements:
Because Anderson University Teacher Preparation Program requires candidates to meet all state licensure requirements as part of the benchmarks/gates for the program, all candidates are eligible for licensure upon graduation.

Ability to be hired in their field

Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared:
Candidates graduating from Anderson University are heavily recruited by schools in Indiana, other states, and internationally. Of the 31 traditional candidate completers in 2017-2018, we know that one taught briefly then had the opportunity to play in a military band; one music education major chose not to pursue teaching immediately after graduation; one Spanish education major is tutoring and chose to work as an interpreter for a local hospital, one chose to go on to graduate school, and one married and moved the other 26 were hired and are currently teaching.

Student Loan default rates

The most recent student loan default rate for AU graduates are 7.8 percent of graduates.
The data is from 2015-2016 and the most recent available according to our Student Financial Services Office.