Defining and Measuring Excellence in the Changing World of Higher Education

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Nerren, J., Sinclair, C., Barker, N., Reid, M., & Anderson, G. (2018). Defining and Measuring Excellence in the Changing World of Higher Education. Educational Renaissance, 6(1), 36-43.


This paper presents a collection of case stories from five Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) within colleges of education, four from institutions in Texas and one from California, to present a micro cross-sectional narrative interpretation of what constitutes excellence in educator preparation. The broad framework utilized in this interpretation focuses on the individual approaches used by each institution for creating and sustaining positive cultures of data-informed decision-making, with the ultimate objective of continuous program improvement, while also meeting the accreditation expectations of each institution.


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