Unit (School of Education) Policies

009.1 Organization of the School of Education

The School of Education operates as a division of Andrews University. Consisting of three academic departments and several service departments, the operations of the School of Education are under the direct oversight of the Dean of the School of Education, as demonstrated in the SED Organizational Structure chart.

009.2 School of Education Committees

The work of the School of Education is guided by the following committees:

Teacher Education Council (TEC)

The Teacher Education Council (TEC) is composed of representatives from local public and private school districts, the Seventh-day Adventist school system, College of Arts and Science faculty, and SED faculty.

The TEC is a vehicle for reviewing the SED's philosophical foundations, licensure/certification and degree programs, procedures, and assessment reports. The purpose is to align the programs procedures, and in-service school experiences for optimal learning.  It is not unusual for these meetings to result in significant adjustments to program content or processes.

School of Education Faculty

There is a monthly meeting of the entire SED faculty. This body makes decisions concerning policies, procedures, assessments, and accreditation issues that are relevant to the entire School of Education.

Academic Policies and Curricula Committee (APCC)

The purpose of the SED Academic Policies and Curricula Committee is to make decisions concerning changes in the Andrews University Bulletin regarding policy and curricula of the various programs offered in the School of Education.  This committee reports to the School of Education Faculty and Staff.  It meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Graduate Education Programs Committee (GEPC)

The purpose of the SED Graduate Education Programs Committee is to make decisions regarding the admission of EdS, EdD, and PhD students in the School of Education.

Dean’s Administrative Council (DAC)

The purpose of the SED Dean's Administrative Council is to assist the Dean of the School of Education in the development of policies and procedures and to coordinate, govern, and guide the School of Education.

NCATE Steering Committee

The NCATE Steering Committee oversees the efforts of the School of Education to maintain its NCATE accreditation.  This committee, which is chaired by the SED Dean, meets monthly or as needed.

NCATE Standards Committees

Six committees have been tasked with preparing the SED to pass each of the six NCATE standards:

    1. Candidate Knowledge, Skills, & Dispositions
    2. Assessment System & Unit Evaluation (which is the Assessment Committee)
    3. Field Experiences & Clinical Practice
    4. Diversity
    5. Faculty Qualifications, Performance, & Development
    6. Unit Governance & Resources

Each NCATE Standard Committee is made up of five to nine SED faculty and staff members.

Assessment Committee

The School of Education Assessment Committee, chaired by the SED Assessment Director, is tasked with implementing, monitoring, and revising (as necessary) the SED Assessment System.  This body meets monthly throughout the academic year.  Though this committee functions as the NCATE Standard 2 Committee (Assessment System and Unit Evaluation), unlike the other NCATE Standards committees, it functions on a continuous basis, regardless of the NCATE accreditation cycle. (See Assessment Committee Terms of Reference.)

Assessment Advisory Council

The Assessment Advisory Council’s mandate is to assist the SED with developing, implementing, and evaluating the SED’s assessment system to help it become a data-driven decision-making body.  The committee is chaired by the SED Assessment Director, and the membership consists of the SED Dean, the SED NCATE Coordinator, and four veteran K-12 educators who have experience with assessment.

Departmental Committees

Each of the three departments in the School of Education (ECP—Educational and Counseling Psychology; LEAD—Leadership and Educational Administration; and TLC—Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum) holds regular faculty meetings (at least monthly). Departments may create further committees to oversee the functioning of academic programs within those departments.

009.3 School of Education Budget

The Andrews University budget is created each year by the Vice President for Financial Administration in consultation with the Financial Management Committee of the University.  The School of Education Dean gives input to this process as it relates to the SED.  The Dean is responsible for making appropriate allocations to each department of the SED.  Each department chair is in turn responsible for oversight of his or her department’s budget.  While departments have considerable autonomy in their budgets, the Dean has final oversight of the entire SED budget.  This budget follows the May 1 through April 30 fiscal year.

009.4 School of Education Computer and Network Policy

The School of Education complies with the computer use policies set out in the Andrews University Working Policy (1:762 and 1:765).

Laptop and/or desktop computers are provided for all SED faculty and staff members, and are maintained by Andrews ITS staff.  Faculty and staff members’ laptop or desktop computers are normally replaced on a three-year rotating schedule.  All faculty and staff members are given access to appropriate parts of the Andrews University computer network as dictated by the responsibilities and needs of their work.