The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, or CAEP, "monitors how the Education Preparation Provider publicly reports candidate performance data and other consumer information on its website." (Policy 6.01; p.25, CAEP Accreditation Policy)
In April 2020, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) granted Accreditation at the initial and advanced levels to Western Michigan University until spring 2027. Accreditation documents are linked below.
Annual Reporting Measures
Michigan Department of Education Score Reports
The annual Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report issued by the Michigan Department of Education was comprised of three measures: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area tests, survey data from candidates and university supervisors, and teacher effectiveness ratings for program completers. Since 2018, the Michigan Department of Education has worked on updating the EPI score reporting criteria. Therefore, 2018 scores were reported in a different format, no EPI performance scores were issued for 2019, and only unpublished 2020 and 2021 scores based on legacy calculations were provided to EPIs. Due to these changes, we have provided eight years of EPI performance score information.
Program Impact Measures
1. Impact on P-12 learning and development
Data indicates that WMU prepared pre-service (intern) teachers positively impact P-12 student learning and development. Data collection on in-service teachers has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume in the 2021-22 academic year.
- Intern teacher impact on P-12 student learning and development
- Case study plan to assess the impact of WMU prepared teachers on P-12 student learning and development
2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness
WMU prepared teachers are consistently rated Highly Effective or Effective by their principals during their first three years of teaching.
- Michigan Department of Education educator evaluation calculation presentation
- Effectiveness Ratings for WMU completers, 2016-2020
3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones
Employers are very satisfied with WMU prepared teachers.
- 2019 principal survey data
- During 2020, the Michigan Department of Education has been working with a stakeholder group of PK-12 and higher education professionals to develop a statewide principal survey. Survey implementation is planned for spring or summer 2021. 2020 survey data on WMU prepared teachers will be provided here when it is available in fall 2021 or spring 2022.
4. Satisfaction of completers
Part of the Michigan Department of Education's Year Out Survey asks first year teachers about their satisfaction with specific aspects of their preparation program. Unfortunately, the 2020 Year Out Survey data is not useful because only 10 of the 33 survey respondents answered the completer satisfaction questions. Survey data from 2017, 2018, and 2019 indicated that WMU completers were extremely satisfied with most of their preparation, but that there were some areas for improvement. All four years of data is presented below.
The Michigan Department of Education also surveys intern teachers and their university supervisors and cooperating teachers. Response rates for the 2019-2020 survey from these three groups is much higher than that of the first-year teachers and, therefore, provides better data about candidates at the end of their preparation programs. Data from 2018-19 and 2019-2020 is included below.
In summer and fall 2019, WMU held focus groups where initial and advanced program completers discussed their satisfaction with their WMU preparation program. 2019 focus group results are shared below. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no focus groups were held during the 2020-21 academic year. The plan is to resume initial and advanced completer focus groups in the 2021-22 academic year.
During summer and fall 2019 focus groups, initial program completers were very satisfied with their WMU preparation and especially appreciated:
- Relationships with faculty
- Small class sizes that promoted strong support and relationships
- Study abroad experiences
- Multiple diverse clinical experiences
During the fall 2019 focus group, advanced program completers were also very satisfied with their WMU preparation and especially appreciated:
- Relationships with faculty
- Flexibility of course delivery methods and scheduling
- Integration of clinical experiences within current employment
- Rigorous coursework that encouraged personal and professional growth
Program Outcome Measures and Consumer Information
5. Graduation rates
6. Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II
Most WMU education program completers are able to meet certification requirements.
- Michigan Test for Teacher Certification 3-year cumulative pass rates
- Title II website
- 2021 Title II report
- 2020 Title II report
- 2019 Title II report
- 2018 Title II report
- 2017 Title II report
7. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared
WMU education program graduates are able to find jobs they like in their areas of preparation.