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ASU professors receive quality assurance certification from AdvancED

Nov. 12, 2007 -
- Two Arkansas State University professors, Dr. John Beineke, dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Don Maness, associate dean of the College of Education, recently completed training to become Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Team Chairs for AdvancED. All AdvancED certified chairs go through a rigorous training process, in which trainees complete a four-module training course sponsored by AdvancED.

AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE). AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services.

AdvancED provides accreditation, research, and professional services to 23,000 public and private schools and 4,500 school districts in 30 states and 65 countries. AdvancED engages 18,000 volunteers and touches the lives of nearly 15 million students each year. ASU is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of public and private elementary and secondary schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the worldwide Department of Defense Education Activity.

As certified chairs, Drs. Beineke and Maness will lead QAR teams and facilitate QAR visits to schools and districts seeking AdvancED accreditation. A QAR Visiting Team’s responsibility is to evaluate a school’s or district’s adherence to accreditation standards, assess effectiveness of continuous improvement efforts, provide high-quality feedback from the review, and finally, make accreditation recommendations. Dr. Maness will be serving on a South Carolina team later in November.


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