Education Department ranked No. 1 in Kentucky

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College recently received top rankings from the Education Professional Standards Board. The College received an “Excellent” rating and overall quality performance index (QPI) of 3.88, which is higher than all public and private colleges in Kentucky.

Graduate student with Dr. Verna Lowe and Dr. Bonnie Banker

The QPI is calculated using the PRAXIS II test pass rate, the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) pass rate and the overall mean on the KEPP New Teacher Survey.

In 2004-05, Asbury College graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the PRAXIS test. From 2003-06, students from the College had a 99 percent pass rate on the KTIP. In 2005-06, new teachers from Asbury College averaged a 3.52 on the New Teacher Survey, which was the highest in the state.

The QPI formula is based on a 4.0 scale and calculates how well Kentucky education programs prepare students for the classroom. Colleges and universities with a QPI score of 3.5-4.0 receive an excellent rating.

Asbury College has an 80-year history of preparing teachers. The Education Department is the second largest department on campus with more than 180 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. The College offers master’s programs in special education, English as a second language, reading, writing and several alternative certification programs.

“Teaching is a calling and an opportunity to make a lasting commitment to shape the next generation,” said Dr. Verna Lowe, professor of Education and department chair. “We want our graduates to be prepared to mold the hearts of children and give back to society.”

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