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Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

May 5, 2005

Education department meets NCATE approval

LINCOLNIn March 2005, Union’s education department received full accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Previously, Union was accredited under probationary status.
        “NCATE is important to Union College because it helps us focus on standards that give evidence of current ‘best practice,’” said Joe Allison, Division of Human Development chair. “NCATE is also important to our education students as more and more states are requiring certification for Christian school teachers. The NCATE stamp on graduates’ transcripts makes the process very streamlined.”
        NCATE, a nonprofit, non-governmental alliance of 33 organizations, currently accredits 602 institutions nationally. In NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance. Accreditation is a mark of distinction providing recognition that the program has met national professional standards. Union College is one of four Seventh-day Adventist colleges in the United States with NCATE accreditation.