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Malone University scores high marks in OBR performance report for teacher preparation

April 22, 2013 | Release # 6588

The Ohio Board of Regents released the first of what will become annual comprehensive performance reports for each OBR-approved educator preparation program in Ohio earlier this year.  The report indicates strengths of the Malone University teacher education program include strong preparation of academic content knowledge and the ability of graduates to use assessment data to inform instruction. In addition, 97 percent of Malone University students taking the test for licensure passed the test, while the state of Ohio pass rate is 96 percent.

According to Rhoda Sommers, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Human Development, "While I've always known our teacher education program has a strong field and clinical component, the OBR report allows us to see how we compare to other institutions in our state. Our graduates noted that Malone's program provides integrated field experiences in a variety of settings, cooperating teachers who support students' growth and development, and faculty supervisors who provide feedback as students hone their knowledge, skills, and dispositions." She adds, "The report makes it obvious that the strength of the Malone program is directly related to the strength of its partnerships with area schools and districts."

More information about the report for Malone University can be found on the Malone University website.

On May 4, the University will award 66 degrees in education, as well as an additional 58 master's degrees in education and counselor education.

From the Ohio Board of Regents:

The Educator Preparation Performance Reports, which include performance data on the metrics identified for teacher and principal preparation programs, provides valuable information to a variety of audiences regarding available educator preparation programs in Ohio.

"The reports will be helpful to prospective students, parents, education advocates and policy makers, in addition to faculty and leaders at colleges and universities," said Rebecca Watts, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs at the Board of Regents. "The data will inform the improvement processes that occur within each educator preparation program and create opportunities for faculty from different institutions to share effective practices as they prepare the next generation of Ohio educators."

There are 51 institutions in Ohio with programs that were evaluated, resulting in 500 performance reports. There will also be one state report issued and a separate report for each of the 51 institutions. Although the Board of Regents will utilize the metrics included in the performance reports for program review and approval, the reports do not include a ranking of programs and do not assign letter grades. Future performance reports will be published at the end of each calendar year. Reports will be available to the public via the Board of Regents' website.

The reports were created as a result of legislation within Governor John Kasich's first budget, pertaining to teacher preparation programs approved under section 3333.048 of the Ohio Revised Code.

About the University System of Ohio

The University System of Ohio is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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