Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

 

Standard 6.

The unit has the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state, and institutional standards. 

6.1    Leadership and Authority: Huntington University’s Education Department has the leadership and authority to plan, deliver, and operate coherent programs. The department is small and can make and implement decisions quickly. The department meets weekly for a business meeting and deals with program issues on a continual basis.  The department has the same level of autonomy enjoyed by the other academic departments at the University. Policies and program design are the purview of departments. The unit successfully made changes in the elementary, secondary, and all-grade programs to adjust to the changing landscape of Indiana licensing standards in 2010.  New programs go through a  standard approval process:  Education Department (with input from TEC and TEPAC); Division of Education, Physical Education, and Exercise Science; Academic Concerns Committee; and the University faculty. The unit regularly collaborates on program design and revisions with other departments, its division, and public school personnel. Each department in the University is part of a division and must get approval from its respective division and the Academic Concerns Committee for all Catalog changes, such as new course proposals, program revisions, and Catalog policies. All unit faculty members participate in policy revisions and program design, implementation, and evaluation. The Education Department makes the final decision about education program policy changes to be proposed to the University. The unit also works closely with all content area departments if changes are necessary in content area courses.

A source of advisory input and collaboration is the Teacher Education Professional Advisory Council (TEPAC), comprised of the cooperating teachers, principals, and district administrators. This group meets at the University each semester. TEPAC is a key forum for stakeholder input, and the department seeks TEPAC collaboration on program proposals and evaluations each semester. Another source of input and collaboration from beyond the department is the Teacher Education Committee (TEC).The Director of Teacher Education chairs the TEC. The committee is comprised of all the Education Department faculty members, the licensing advisor (University Registrar), the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, two faculty members from outside the department, and two education candidates. TEC makes the final decision on admission of applicants to the education program and serves as part of the appeals process as outlined in the Candidate Handbook. TEC also advises the Education Department on any policies, curriculum changes, program issues, or other matters on which the department seeks the perspective of candidates, licensing adviser, administration, or faculty outside the department. In matters of candidate admission to the teacher education program, the department is subordinate to and advises TEC. But in matters of departmental policy, curriculum, or other program issues, TEC is subordinate to and advises the department.

Like all programs at Huntington University, recruiting and admissions are coordinated centrally through the Admissions Department under the direction of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Admissions personnel regularly arrange for campus visits for prospective candidates, who visit classes and meet with unit faculty members. A special Education Visit Day is held once per semester to focus on Teacher Education programs. Similarly, academic policies, student services, and professional development are also centralized at Huntington University. Academic programs, calendars, and grading policies are published in the Academic Catalog, which is updated every two years in print and continuously online. The Admissions Office publishes program brochures. The Office of Public Relations and the Alumni Office publish the monthly Huntington University Magazine. College-wide student services include career and personal counseling, offered by counselors in the Student Development Office, and tutoring and testing, offered at the Learning Center.  Academic advising is offered by the department in which a student is majoring. Elementary education majors are advised by Education Department faculty members. Secondary education and all-grade education majors are advised in their respective content area departments and through on-going contact with education faculty in professional education courses.  The unit also has extensive autonomy in establishing course meeting times and rooms.

Budget: The Education Department has an annual budget of $23,800 managed by the Director of Teacher Education (budget available onsite). This budget includes wages for student office help but not faculty salaries. The Education Department budget is one of the larger academic department budgets on campus, with only Nursing, Visual Arts, and Music having larger budgets for departmental expenses (budgets available onsite). Larger line items in the Education Department budget are stipends and honoraria for cooperating teachers and travel and conference expense for department faculty (beyond the $750 individual professional development funds).  In addition to the departmental budget, the Education Department has a library budget of several thousand dollars each academic year for the purchase of resources and curriculum materials to support the program.  The institution strongly supports the Teacher Education program and provides the resources necessary for teacher candidates to meet state licensing standards. The cost of membership in professional associations like NCATE, AACTE, and many others is funded by the institution.  The office of the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs also provides funds each year for the AACTE Institutional Representative to attend the annual meeting.

Personnel: The standard faculty workload at Huntington University is 12 hours per semester. The education unit complies with this 12-hour standard for undergraduate teaching and 9 hours per semester for teaching in the M.Ed. program. Supervisors of student teachers receive 2/3 of a credit for each student teacher they supervise. The University prioritizes effective teaching and mentoring (through advising and supervision, for example), and drop-in appointments are common. The unit also encourages and supports faculty participation in scholarly activities, assessment, technology training, leadership training, collaboration with P-12 school personnel, and service opportunities. Unit faculty members have been involved in significant roles in professional organizations nationally, locally, and on the state level.

The use of part-time (adjunct) faculty allows effective management of resources and candidate exposure to working professionals. For example:

  • The instructor for ED 311 Early Adolescent Curriculum and Methodology is a current Middle School Assistant Principal.
  • The instructor for ED 362 Assessment Strategies for Elementary Educators is a newly retired Elementary School Principal.
  • The instructor for ED 364 Assessment Strategies for Secondary Educators is former Middle School Principal and current High School Principal
  • Adjuncts who supervise student teachers (clinical faculty) are valued colleagues and consideredadjunct faculty. They are paid at the same rate as other adjunct instructors, reimbursed for mileage, and invited to the TEPAC breakfasts.

The Director of Clinical Experiences, a retired teacher and administrator, who works part-time in the department, is considered a faculty colleague and attends department meetings with the full-time faculty.

Faculty members are allotted $750 in professional development funds each year. Faculty members may spend these funds as they wish on memberships and/or professional conferences.  Additional institutional funding is available—and has been used by unit faculty—for training in diversity, technology, assessment, leadership, and accreditation.  Further, the unit budget has a line item for travel and conferences (budget available onsite), which is used for travel to state and national professional education meetings. Faculty development opportunities on campus include new faculty orientations, faculty workshops on teaching and learning, and technology training offered by staff in the Technology Services Department. Support personnel in the unit include a secretary/administrative assistant and student workers. These personnel provide support in data entry and management, clerical, filing, copying, and communication tasks, significantly enhancing the effectiveness of the department faculty.

Facilities: The Education Department has excellent facilities which enhance learning opportunities and faculty contact with candidates. The unit boasts two model classrooms and an additional classroom used exclusively for teacher education courses. The rooms have curriculum materials, storage facilities, digital projectors, and internet access. Equipment in the primary model classroom includes an Ellison machine (for bulletin board lettering), paper cutter, bulletin boards, and related materials, a large storage area, seven computers, a color printer, and a SMART Board. The unit office, located in a suite on the first floor of the Loew-Breen Hall classroom building, was recently equipped with its own Ricoh Multifunction Printer (MFP).  A new science building houses a large computer lab and offers outstanding facilities and equipment for education candidates taking science courses for their general education (core) or content major requirements. The University library dedicates half of the lower level to curriculum materials, children’s and young adult literature collections, learning kits, audiovisual materials, and the regular education stacks.  The Thornhill Nature Center, located about six miles north of the University, is staffed and maintained by the University and  is used almost exclusively by area schools for nature field trips and programs provided as part of the unit’s Sophomore Practicum for Elementary Education.

Unit Resources Including Technology: Forbes has ranked Huntington University among the top 10% of colleges in the U.S. for three consecutive years and The Princeton Review named Huntington as “One of the best in the Midwest.” The unit’s programs are promoted on the University web site and with publications produced by the University’s Admissions Office and Public Relations Office. The University provides a number of student services to enhance the academic success of college students. Services include trained counselors, tutors, and a chaplain. Academic and personal support for candidates is available from education instructors and advisers, at the Learning Center, and in the Office of Student Development. Student Development services include career planning and personal counseling. The Learning Center provides a Writing Center, along with free tutoring.  The Director of Learning Assistance oversees tutoring for all candidates who request it and arranges accommodations for candidates with special needs. The RichLyn Library  holdings in education outnumber all other undergraduate departments' holdings. In new book funds, the Education Department's allocation is equal to the allocation for one other department (Bible and Religion) and exceeds the annual allocations for all other departments. The diversity section of the education holdings is one of the more extensive topical sections. The department and individual department faculty members meet periodically with the library director to evaluate holdings and decide directions for future purchases and reorganization of current materials. A curriculum materials section in the library with educational kits and math manipulatives gives education faculty and candidates exposure to a wide variety of textbooks, numerous lesson ideas, and varying curriculum designs. Community members, such as local teachers, can use the University library. This includes accessing books, curriculum materials, educational kits, the children’s and young adult collections, and all electronic databases.

The unit’s educational software is either installed on the University network or kept in the model classroom where it can be used on the model classroom computers, computer classrooms, or labs. The focus of ED 377, Integration of Technology in the Classroom is on software and on-line resources that enhance learning. The teacher education candidates prepare materials for face-to-face instruction as well as synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. Moodle is the primary learning management system that the candidates use when they are preparing on-line learning modules. They also review class pages that were developed using School Fusion and Echo (New Tech LMS). Skype, Adobe Connect, Twitter and blog sites are used to communicate with elementary classrooms and to follow students’ learning activities. Class assignments require proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs and Smart Notebooks.  A minimum keyboarding proficiency is also required. The unit enjoys excellent technology resources and technology support services, which enhance candidate learning and the modeling of teaching with various strategies so that all students can learn. All unit faculty members are provided laptop computers for office, classroom, and home use. Advising resources such as candidates’ academic records and a degree audit system are online. All classrooms and student meeting areas have wireless networking. Technology Services offers support to candidates for connectivity, mal-ware, and troubleshooting. Classrooms have computer projectors mounted on the ceilings, serial-connected video cords, and either wireless networking or network ports.  The University has computer labs and computer kiosks and provides email accounts for all students and employees. Moodle is regularly used in both graduate and undergraduate courses in the unit and all M.Ed. courses are taught in a hybrid format, with approximately half of the course sessions involving online assignments.

The unit routinely uses technology to enhance data management, information delivery, and candidate learning. The assessment system’s quantifiable data is kept on a shared network drive, providing access for the administrative assistant and unit faculty. Requirements for admission to the education program, along with many other helpful resources may be found on the Education Department webpage (Resources tab). The Director of Teacher Education, the Director of Clinical Experiences, and the department secretary email classes, cohorts, or all education majors with pertinent announcements. The weekly university announcement sheet is delivered electronically to all university students, augmenting announcements made in classes and via email listserv.

The M.Ed. program enjoys the same resources available to the undergraduate teacher education program, as indicated in the resource areas listed below. 

6.2.b 

Leadership and Authority: In the spring of 2010, the state of Indiana made significant changes not only in teacher licensing structures, but in curriculum requirements for teacher education programs. Among those changes were requirement that all Elementary Education candidates have a minor or a concentration in another content area, and that Secondary Education candidates have equivalent content in the major to BA candidates. In consultation with all the content areas, the unit developed concentrations for Elementary Education majors in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Fine Arts. Because these concentration requirements provided no additional licensing or certification for candidates, the unit decided to focus on the development of several dual licensure programs which would both meet state requirements for additional content and would provide additional licensure or certification for the candidates.  These included new dual licensure programs for Elementary Education and Middle School, Elementary Education and English Learners, Elementary Education and Special Education. Through its leadership and cooperation with other departments, the unit was able to have all these changes in place and noted in program guides by the fall semester of 2010.  The unit also worked with all the departments on campus which offer Secondary Education majors to make sure each was compliant with the new requirements. As with other changes, the unit demonstrated its authority to implement needed curriculum and program wide changes with cooperation from other departments, while also providing leadership to help those departments make needed changes of their own.

The M.Ed. courses are designed and taught by the unit faculty, who also make admissions and policy decisions for the program.  The program has a separate director from the undergraduate program.  Proposals and adjudications follow the path of all graduate and adult programs at the university:  department, Graduate and Adult Studies Committee, and the full faculty if necessary. 

Budget: Huntington University and the Education Department consistently provide adequate financial support for the unit in its task to equip teacher education candidates for licensure and service to the educational community (See 6b under Question 1 above). In addition, recent additional expenditures by the university for the unit are worthy of note:

  • 2010-2011, Dr. Terrell Peace served as President of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). The Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs provided the funds necessary for Dr. Peace to attend ATE’s two annual meetings as well as two additional Board of Directors meetings each year for the three years encompassing his official duties. The university also provided direct funding of $3000 to ATE in support of the Summer Conference and Annual Meeting during Dr. Peace’s presidency.
  • The university provided funding for the former NCATE Coordinator, Dr. Paul Worfel to attend BOE training.
  • Funding was provided for the current NCATE Coordinator, Dr. Terrell Peace, to attend the CAEP workshop, Spring 2011.
  • The university has contracted with Dr. Paul Worfel to serve as an NCATE Consultant.
  • The current NCATE Coordinator lobbied for and received an  additional summer stipend for 2011 and additional release time for both semesters of the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • The university provided additional funding to increase the summer work hours for the Administration Assistant in 2012 to provide support for the NCATE Coordinator.

The M.Ed. has separate operating and marketing budgets from the undergraduate program (see M.Ed. budget).

Personnel: Changes in assignment for unit faculty, a valuable faculty addition, the use of education professionals in key adjunct teaching roles, and a change in the Education Department’s Administrative Assistant position have served to strengthen the program in different ways.

  • In 2010, Dr. Susie Boyer was given responsibility for planning and supervising all sections of ED 295 and ED 296, the sophomore practicum courses for elementary and secondary education majors. This decision to transfer responsibilities from an adjunct faculty member to a full time faculty member has resulted in better coordination with overall unit planning and an increased contact between unit faculty and local K-12 teachers and administrators.
  • After the fall semester of 2009, Ms. Kathy Turner, who had helped design and start the Elementary Special Education program at HU, resigned to join her husband who had taken a job in another state. Due to recent decreases in enrollment in the overall Elementary Education program, the unit was not given immediate freedom to replace Ms. Turner with another full time faculty member. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Paul Worfel resigned his position to become Director of Teacher Education at Trinity International University in Illinois. Recognizing the need, the department was authorized to hire faculty who would be in charge of the Special Education program. Dr. Joni Schmalzried, a highly qualified professional with excellent experience in both university and public school leadership, joined the Education Department in the fall of 2011. Although we were able to use qualified school personnel during the interim, the addition of Dr. Schmalzried has been a tremendous boost to the long term quality and sustainability of Special Education as part of our program offerings.
  • The addition of two new courses on assessment, being taught for the first time during the Fall semester of 2012 have given the unit the opportunity to use local public school personnel with knowledge and practical experience to develop candidates’ abilities to understand the current practices of assessment and to effectively use assessment to improve instruction and learning. ED 362, Assessment Strategies for Elementary Educators is being taught by Dr. Carolyn Sleet, recently retired in May of 2012, after many years as an Elementary principal in Fort Wayne. Dr. Sleet, as a female, African American principal, has made important contributions as a seminar leader in our Multicultural Practicum for a number of years. ED 364, Assessment Strategies for Secondary Educators is being taught by Mr. Chad Daugherty, a former Middle School principal and current High School principal. In addition, ED 311, Early Adolescent Curriculum and Methodology is being taught by Mr. Mark Dubois, Assistant Principal at a local Middle School. These three individuals are teaching courses for the Huntington University Education Department for the first time, but we hope to continue to use their knowledge and experience to benefit our candidate preparation.
  • In October of 2008, the Education Department hired a new Secretary/Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Beth West. As we have moved more to electronic data sources, her expertise and dedication to the task cannot be overstated. Mrs. West’s ability to learn new systems and help create electronic reporting processes has helped move the unit forward immensely in its assessment efforts.
  • Although the M.Ed. courses are taught by the same faculty as the undergraduate teacher education courses, the M.Ed. has a separate director, Dr. Steve Holtrop, and its own recruiter/adviser. 

Facilities: Unit facilities are well maintained, with the primary changes impacting candidates being technology upgrades noted below in 6e. The completion of the Science Hall and the complete conversion of Brenn Hall to classroom and office space in 2003 gave the university adequate classroom space to accommodate a growing student population. New construction on campus since that time includes the completion of the Art Annex and Livingston Hall dormitory. Most of the M.Ed. courses are taught in the unit’s model classroom, with a Smart Board, digital projector, seven updated computers, and a color printer. 

Resources including Technology: 

  • The computers in LBH 159, often referred to as the Model Classroom were replaced in the summer of 2010, with the accompanying updated software. The scheduling in this classroom is controlled by the Director of Teacher Education and is used for a number of Education courses, including ED 377, Integration of Technology in the Classroom, which uses these computers extensively.
  • A SMART board was installed in LBH 159 in the fall of 2010 and is used for the Education courses which meet in that room.
  • The unit has moved to electronic reporting and data collection for field experience and  student teaching evaluations and surveys.
  • The university provides laptop computers for all unit faculty, with the normal replacement cycle being four years. Software updates are provided as they become available and useful.
  • The Education office suite was equipped in 2012 with a Ricoh Multifunction Printer, which has significantly enhanced the efficiency of office operations.
  • The Indiana Department of Education has contracted with Evaluation Systems (Pearson) for all testing of Teacher Education candidates in Indiana beginning in 2013. Huntington University applied for and was approved as a testing site for the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA), the new test which will replace the Praxis I (PPST) as the basic skills assessment for candidates seeking acceptance into Teacher Education programs in the state. Being able to schedule and take these tests on campus will be a great convenience for candidates. Dr. Terrell Peace, Director of Teacher Education will serve as the CASA Testing Center Director.

The M.Ed. program has a separate website and marketing budget

6.3   Exhibits

6.3.a

6.3.a.1  Faculty Handbook – Page 29

6.3.a.2  Candidate Handbook – Page 4

6.3.b

6.3.b.1  Candidate Handbook

6.3.c

6.3.c.1  Student Services  Academic Catalog page 19

6.3.c.2  Registration and Advising - Academic Catalog page 72

6.3.c.3  Student Advising Faculty Handbook –  3.3.3  page 57

6.3.c.4  Student Life

6.3.d

6.3.d.1   Candidate Handbook pg 5-6

6.3.d.2  Education Website

6.3.e

6.3.e.1  Academic Catalog

6.3.e.2  Academic Calendars – page 6 - 9

6.3.e.3  Academic Grading Policies – page 57

6.3.e.4  Education Graduates (Alumni webpage)

6.3.e.5  Admissions (Create a brochure)

6.3.e.6  Education webpage

6.3.e.7  Candidate Handbook

6.3.e.8  Admissions Description for El.Ed.

(3.3.e.3)  Junior Block Handbook Spring 2012

(3.3.e.1)  Student Teaching Handbook

(1.3.i.3)   Employability Report

(1.3.i.2 )  Biennial Report

6.3.f

Unit budget: Available on site

6.3.g

Budgets of comparable units: Available on site

6.3.h

6.3.h.1  Faculty Workload Policies

6.3.h.2  Summary Chart of Faculty Workload

6.3.i

6.3.i.1  Access to computer labs, curriculum and library

6.3.i.2  Richlyn Library

6.3.j

Not Applicable