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The Baylor Impact is published quarterly by the Baylor School of Education.

The Baylor Impact
School of Education
Baylor University
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Waco, TX 76798-7304

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Volume 4 Number 3


Dear Alumni and Friends:

Within academia, excellence and progress toward excellence is often determined through peer-review of processes and outcomes, especially as judged against sets of broadly agreed upon (and constantly evolving) standards. Top quality universities and professional schools of law, business and education periodically subject themselves to review by accreditation agencies in which teams of trained peers evaluate and compare the content and delivery of programs, the performance of students, and the resources and capacity of the institution against sets of rigorous standards.

Such was recently the case for our School of Education. In fall 2009, after previously submitting extensive information on the School and its educator preparation programs, a seven-member accreditation team from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) visited Baylor over a 5-day period to examine documents, interview faculty, students and school partners, and scrutinize curricular, assessment, and decision-making systems. While formal results are not finalized by NCATE until their accreditation board convenes in April, in the visiting team’s exit briefing for university leadership, the team indicated it was recommending to NCATE that the School of Education meets all standards for both undergraduate and graduate educator preparation, including a variety of rarely issued commendations, most especially concentrated on how the School partners with local public schools/agencies to help candidates consolidate/apply professional knowledge and skills learning in their Baylor coursework. Clearly, the efforts of many led to this outstanding result, not the least of which are the feedback, enthusiasm and support provided by School alums and those who hire and work with our students and graduates.

In this issue of Impact, we share stories on our re-initiated school principal preparation program, the reconstitution of our community health curriculum into a Master of Public Health program, a report on fieldwork in the teacher preparation program, and describe a new research exchange/collaboration effort with the University of Texas in Educational Psychology. I trust that, as you read through these brief articles, you will join me in celebrating how Baylor’s School of Education continues to move forward.

Jon M. Engelhardt
Dean, School of Education


In This Issue

•  Welcome
•  Glen Teal
•  New Master of Public Health Program
•  Freshman Teacher Education Experiences
•  Research Exchange with UT-Austin
•  Paying Back so Others Can Pay Forward
•  Impact tomorrow
•  Volume 4 Number 3 (pdf)

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