Governance of the Professional Education Programs

Although programs in NAU PEP are dispersed university-wide, they are held together by elements in the shared conceptual framework that reflect faculty commitments to student success and preparation of high quality school professionals. Our vision is to develop educational leaders who create tomorrow's opportunities for young people through our programs and work with the PK-12 schools. Committed to offering  learning-centered programs that foster candidate success while upholding academic rigor, NAU's Professional Education Programs strives to personalize instruction and extra-curricular learning experiences. Information about our services, governance and procedures, programs, and evidence of educator performance can be located on our website.

Two Councils, the NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council and the NAU PEP Advanced Programs Coordinating Council, serve as an advisory committee to the Assistant Vice Provost and head of NAU PEP regarding concerns and needs of the programs. The membership and charge of these Councils is outlined below.

NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP) Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council

NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP) Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council
Approved 8/1/2016 by NAU PEP Coordinating Council

Membership

The Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of administrative representatives, program leadership/faculty representatives, and ex officio members as defined below.

Administrative Representatives

The Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of the associate dean or their designee from each college with an initial teacher preparation program(s). Given the workload required of this council in relation to participation with initiatives and substantial communication to PEP faculty, a representative needs to be able and willing to commit the necessary time and leadership. Meetings are held monthly from September through May, and additional work outside of meetings is required based on initiatives agreed upon by the Council.

Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives

The Coordinating Council has initial teacher preparation program leadership and faculty representatives based on the chart below related to program completer count for the past three academic years. There are a total of six program leader/faculty representatives.  The term for each program leadership/faculty representative is for three years.  Each college will determine their own process for selecting these representatives. A rotation will be established to ensure continuity among the membership. The individuals selected must have teaching or program coordination responsibilities for an initial teacher preparation program.

# of representatives based on the following chart:
0-50 = 0
51-400=1
401-800 = 2
801-1200 = 3
1201-1600 = 4

College

Total Program Completers FY 13-FY15

Overall Percentage

# of Program Leader/ Faculty Representatives

CAL

325

16%

1

CEFNS

108

5%

1

COE

1524

77%

4

HHS

28

1%

0

The total number of Administrative and Program Leadership/Faculty  members would be:

College

Administrative Representatives

Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives

Total

CAL

1

1

2

CEFNS

1

1

2

COE

1

4

5

HHS

1

0

1

In addition to these 10 members, the Assistant Vice Provost of NAU PEP serves as the chair of the council. Decisions regarding policies or issues presented to the Council will be determined by consensus by the Administrative and Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives.

Ex Officio Representatives

The Coordinating Council will also include ex officio members.  The ex officio members are encouraged to be active participants in the Council by providing insight and perspective related to proposed or existing policies and issues that arise.  Ex officio members include:

  • Dean, College of Education
  • Dean, College of Arts & Letters
  • Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry, & Natural Sciences
  • Dean, College of Health & Human Services
  • Dean, Graduate College or designee
  • Executive Director, Advising
  • Director, Office of Fieldwork Experiences
  • Instructional Specialist, NAU PEP

Chair & Administrative Support

The Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council will be chaired by the Assistant Vice Provost, the head of NAU PEP. The NAU PEP Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support for the Council in terms of scheduling meetings, facilitating the development of the agenda, taking and distributing minutes, and developing the minutes into a newsletter for faculty.

Purpose

The charge of the Council is to:

  1. Serve as an advisory committee to the Assistant Vice Provost and head of NAU PEP regarding concerns and needs of the programs.
  2. Oversee the implementation of unit level programmatic decisions, including decisions related to accreditation, AZ certification rules, and student teaching.
  3. Oversee successful implementation of programs’ assessment plans.
  4. Oversee successful implementation of the units’ quality assurance system, including supporting the formal, biennial review of data, and writing and presentation of data analysis, findings, and recommendations.
  5. Take leadership role in presenting and facilitating at 1 to 2 meetings annually with stakeholders.
  6. Volunteer to serve, as needed, on state related committees or initiatives NAU is invited to participate on.
  7. Participate in annual events such as the NAU PEP Career Fair and the annual University Supervisor meeting.
  8. Oversee policies related to the funding items for University Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers.
  9. Assess and oversee policies regarding the fairness and appropriateness of faculty workloads in relation to supervision of student teachers.
  10. Consider appeals from candidates regarding professional education programs’ requirements or policies.
  11. Participate in decisions regarding the selection, design and implementation of information technologies for PEP programs.
  12. Serve as main contact for communicating information to college leadership, faculty, and/or students.
NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP) Advanced Programs Coordinating Council
NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP) Advanced Programs Coordinating Council

Approved 8/1/2016 by NAU PEP Coordinating Council

Membership

The Advanced Programs Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of administrative representatives, program leadership/faculty representatives, and ex officio members as defined below.

Administrative Representatives

The Advanced Programs Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of the associate dean or their designee from each college with advanced professional education programs. Given the workload required of this council in relation to participation with initiatives and substantial communication to PEP faculty, a representative needs to be able and willing to commit the necessary time and leadership. Meetings are held monthly from September through May, and additional work outside of meetings is required based on initiatives agreed upon by the council.

Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives

The Advanced Programs Coordinating Council has advanced program leadership and faculty representatives based on number of programs and/or departments. There are a total of 5 to 11 program leader/faculty representatives.  The term for each program leadership/faculty representative is for three years.  Each college will determine their own process for selecting these representatives. A rotation will be established to ensure continuity among the membership. The individuals selected must have teaching or program coordination responsibilities for an advanced professional education program.

College

Total Graduates
FY 13-FY15

Overall Percentage

# of Program Leader/ Faculty Representatives

CEFNS

29

2%

1-2

COE

1415

86%

4-8

HHS

199

12%

0-1

The total number of administrative and program leadership/faculty members would be:

College

Administrative Representatives

Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives

Total

CEFNS

1

1-2

2-4

COE

1

4-8

5-8

HHS

1

0-1

1-2

In addition to these 8 to 14 members, the Assistant Vice Provost of NAU PEP serves as the chair of the council. Decisions regarding policies or issues presented to the Council will be determined by consensus by the Administrative and Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives.

Ex Officio Representatives

The Advanced Coordinating Council will also include ex officio members.  The ex officio members are encouraged to be active participants in the Council by providing insight and perspective related to proposed or existing policies and issues that arise.  Ex officio members include:

  • Dean, College of Education
  • Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry, & Natural Sciences
  • Dean, College of Health & Human Services
  • Dean, Graduate College or designee
  • Instructional Specialist, NAU PEP

Chair & Administrative Support

The Advanced Programs Coordinating Council will be chaired by the Assistant Vice Provost, the head of NAU PEP. The NAU PEP Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support for the Council in terms of scheduling meetings, facilitating the development of the agenda, taking and distributing minutes, and developing the minutes into a newsletter for faculty.

Purpose

The charge of the Advanced Programs Council is to:

  1. Serve as an advisory committee to the Assistant Vice Provost and head of NAU PEP regarding concerns and needs of the programs.
  2. Conduct initial review of CAEP Advanced Program Standards and assessment audit.
  3. Oversee the implementation of unit level programmatic decisions, including decisions related to accreditation, Arizona certification rules, and university requirements.
  4. Oversee successful implementation of programs’ assessment plans.
  5. Oversee successful implementation of the units’ quality assurance system, including supporting the formal, biennial review of data, and writing and presentation of data analysis, findings, and recommendations.
  6. Volunteer to serve, as needed, on state related committees or initiatives NAU is invited to participate on.
  7. Take leadership role in presenting and facilitating 1 to 2 meetings annually with stakeholders.
  8. Participate in annual events such as the NAU PEP faculty meetings, Internship Fair(s), etc., if appropriate.
  9. Participate in decisions regarding the selection, design and implementation of information technologies for NAU PEP programs.
  10. Serve as main contact in terms of communicating information to college leadership, faculty, and/or students.