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Office of Assessment & Academic improvement

032The Office of Assessment & Academic Improvement serves as The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education's & Education Unit's coordination and collection point for data collection, analysis and reporting required by accrediting bodies (e.g., NCATE, ODE, CACREP).

The Unit for the Preparation of Education Professionals (UPEP) uses assessment data for continuous program and unit improvement. Click HERE for an illustration of the Unit Assessment System.

Click HERE for a narrative describing each step in the Unit Assessment System.

To help address the nation's need for well-prepared educators, The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education seeks recognition from several accrediting bodies. Accreditation ensures The Patton College and its programs meet or exceed professional standards and assures quality in the education profession.

Programs in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education are accredited by the following organizations:


The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is a national organization whose six standards must be met in order for teacher licensure programs to be accredited. The next College accreditation visit is set for October 2009.

Since 1954, the Ohio University Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is the statewide accrediting and regulatory agency for all licensure school-related programs (i.e. teachers, principals, school counselors, school psychologists, etc.) in Ohio. All College licensure programs offered at Ohio University are under the aegis of the ODE and must submit periodic reports to this agency.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in Counselor Education at Ohio University: Clinical Mental Health (M.Ed.), School Counseling (M.Ed.), and the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision.


The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), has conferred accreditation on the M.Ed. Rehabilitation Counseling program. 

All The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education programs, including Counselor Education, are also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. As a result, graduates are able to fulfill the requirements for state licensure and national certifications in a shorter time following graduation.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Adams
Director, Office of Assessment & Academic Improvement
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education 
Lindley Halls 061C
Athens, Ohio 45701