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BPC Education Division Advisory Council Focuses on Accreditation Visit

Two accreditation agencies to visit campus in September

Taylor Hereford
BPC Director of Marketing

The Brewton-Parker College Education Division Advisory Council held its spring meeting on the college’s main campus in Mount Vernon last month focusing on continuing preparations for the official on-campus visit from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

One of the many preparations concerned the basic framework of the Division itself. Dr. Bowman Barr, chair of the Division, explained to the Council that positive revisions have been made that will maintain a Christian worldview within the Division and keep the Division’s mission and philosophy connected with that of the entire college. All of these revisions serve to enhance the Division’s theme, which is “Reflective Pathways from Theory to Practice.”

The Division has been working for several months on adding eight new assessment tools which are required by the PSC. Dr. Norma Harper told the Council that these new assessment tools, which are used in the proper certification of teacher candidates, are now in place and are being implemented within the Division. These tools, according to Dr. Harper, are now available on LiveText, an electronic data collection system that had recently been purchased by the college.

Professor Skye Jordan updated the Council on the Division’s process of transitioning teacher candidates from the beginning of the program through completion. A major addition to the process is that the Division is now requiring students to demonstrate a stronger content knowledge as they progress through the program. This is being accomplished, according to Jordan, through new in-house assessments.

Dr. Melba Claxton, professor and Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Division, who also serves as the chair of the Advisory Council, said the Division is receiving full support from the members of the Advisory Council as preparations continue for the official agency visits in September.

“ We are pleased with the positive responses from our P-12 council members who pledged their support as we prepare for the PSC/NCATE on-site visit in the fall,” said Dr. Claxton.

The Education Division at Brewton-Parker College seeks input from public schools in which its teacher candidates are placed for field and clinical experiences. The Education Division Advisory Council is composed of superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, and teachers from partnering school systems within a 60 mile radius of Brewton-Parker College and from external education sites in Norman Park and Liberty County. Other members of the Council include full-time members of the Education faculty, selected members of the on-campus Arts and Sciences faculty, and a student representative that is currently enrolled at the college.

The Council meets at the conclusion of fall and spring semester each academic year.


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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM