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Alfred University’s Education Division awarded accreditation

Alfred University’s Division of Education was recently awarded seven-year accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Quality in Educator Preparation, which ensures licensure for Alfred University graduates who complete the Education Preparation program.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University’s Division of Education was recently awarded seven-year accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Quality in Educator Preparation, which ensures licensure for Alfred University graduates who complete the Education Preparation program.

“This accreditation means that Alfred University can continue to recommend program completers for certification to teach in New York State,” Professor Tim Nichols, Education Division Chair, said in announcing the accreditation. “This affirms Alfred University’s good standing with the New York State Department of Education and AAQEP for the next seven years.”

AAQEP’s award follows a nearly three-year process towards accreditation of the University’s Education Preparation Program. The process came to a successful conclusion Friday, Dec. 11, when the Executive Board of AAQEP met on a Zoom call with Alfred University leadership and representatives of the New York State Department of Education. During the meeting, AAQEP and the state Education Department reviewed Alfred University’s Education Program, in addition to a report from an AAQEP site visit to the Division of Education, which took place virtually in October.

“As chair, I’m deeply grateful to our students and alumni, to my colleagues, to the incredibly supportive University leadership, and to all the local stakeholders who helped us to accomplish this goal,” Nichols said. The accreditation process continued through a difficult academic season, he added, due to the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus, which forced a shutdown of the Alfred University campus in the spring.

Alfred University Provost Beth Ann Dobie said the University is “very excited to have the endorsement of the Association for Advancing Quality in Education Preparation.”

In addition, Dobie noted the accreditation process involved numerous individuals in the Western New York education community. “Our teacher education team, with the leadership of Tim Nichols, established an Advisory Board, on which school principals, superintendents, and educators from regional schools have volunteered to serve to strengthen the working relationship between our higher education program and K-12 programs. This support allowed us to address the needs of the school systems directly.”

The Alfred University Education Program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers an integrated blend of professional education methods, coursework, and field-based opportunities in area schools. Graduates meet the academic requirements of the New York State Education Department for certification in Early Childhood/Childhood Education.