Oct. 11, 2001
For Immediate Release
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Brown, Coordinator of Media Relations, 342-5444
ULM RANKS NUMBER ONE IN THE STATE FOR PREPARATION OF TEACHERS
The University of Louisiana at Monroe is proud to announce
their number one ranking out of all Teacher Preparation Programs
in Louisiana's Universities. ULM has the distinction of ranking
in Tier I, with a 100% passing rate, in the Quartile Rankings
provided by the Educational Testing Service.
This ranking is especially significant for two reasons. One is
that requirements for teacher certification have become more
rigorous in the last three years. Secondly, incoming freshmen
are strongly prone to consider program excellence when choosing
which universities to attend.
These Quartile Rankings are for the 1999-2000 academic year.
The ETS report places ULM's teacher education program in Tier
I (100% passing rate).
The Louisiana Board of Regents says individual reports on the
state's universities have been developed to provide the public
with baseline information about teacher preparation programs
within all public and private universities in Louisiana.
The reports are in response to the Title II Higher Education
Act of 1998. These reports have been submitted to the Louisiana
Department of Education for inclusion in a State Report that
will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by October
8, 2001. The U.S. Department of Education will review all data
and submit a report to Congress by April 8, 2002 pertaining to
Individual State efforts to improve teacher preparation and teacher
Dr. Dale Johnson, Dean in the College of Education at ULM, said,
"Congratulations to faculty and administrators in all three
academic department, as well as those in Arts and Sciences, who
helped prepare our graduates so well that we are ranked as the
top State University in Louisiana in teacher preparation. I want
to commend everyone involved for this sterling achievement. We
will strive to continue this demonstration of The University
of Louisiana at Monroe excellence!"
ULM Provost, Dr. Tom Rakes, says, "We're proud of our high
quality students. The Blue Ribbon Commission initiative involving
continued reform efforts will serve to enhance already exlepmary
teacher education programs at the University of Louisiana at
The reports will also be used to help recruit more students into
the teaching profession, to enhance the quality of teacher preparation
programs within public and private universities; and to support
new teachers after they enter the teaching profession.
During April 2002, all institutional reports will contain more
information to be incorporated into a new Teacher Preparation
Accountability System being implemented within Louisiana. Universities
will be assigned performance scores based upon the performance
of their teacher preparation programs. All universities will
be assigned a label of Exemplary, Quality, Satisfactory, At-risk,
or Low Performing. Rewards will be awarded to universities at
the Exemplary and Quality levels. Corrective actions will be
implemented when universities are assigned labels of At-risk
or Low Performing.