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April 3, 2009

ULM Kinesiology Department report touted among nation’s best

A health and physical education program report submitted by the Kinesiology Department at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will be used as a model for other schools seeking accreditation during an upcoming national conference.

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education touted the report for meeting the nine required teacher education standards on first submission, as well as “demonstrating an effect on P-12 student learning by Kinesiology teacher candidates.”

NCATE and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) host an Institutional Orientation each fall and spring to assist schools that are preparing for an NCATE accreditation review. The next orientation will be held in early April near Washington, D.C.

At that session, ULM’s health and physical education program report will be sited as an example of a program meeting NCATE’s national recognition without conditions. Deans and faculty from across the nation may review the report, which will also be posted on NCATE’s web site.

“What this recognition means to ULM is that the Kinesiology Department, like the College of Education and Human Development as a whole, is being nationally recognized as a leader—in this case in the area of quality health and physical education instruction,” said ULM Kinesiology Department Head Mark Doherty.

Doherty recognized Professor Wilson Campbell as the report’s “chief architect” and Thilla Sivakumaran, the college’s assistant dean for assessment and accreditation, for instituting the college-wide use of the online TaskStream assessment system.

ULM’s recognition is a high honor indeed, placing it far ahead of larger, more heavily endowed institutions.

ULM’s health and physical education program is also accredited through NASPE, National Association for Sport & Physical Education.

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