State Board Suspends UMD College of Education
The Human Service Professions and the College of Education - with the exception of special programs which they initiated and have been approved – has been handed a probationary status that will go till April 10th 2016. During this period it is expected that there will be reviews that will be conducted on the two entities.
This basically means that they can continue offering current programs, but it is not allowed to enroll new college students. On Monday, the students were informed of the latest events via an email that was sent by the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, Andrea Schokker.
Back in March the board had disapproved all the secondary education programs that the college intended on pursuing after they discovered that UMD had submitted false information regarding them.
Earlier this year, 24 students realized that they were not able to be given regular teaching licensing due to the fact that the UMD failed to properly document changes which had occurred to their programs back in 2012 thus making the whole program nonexistent. For those who were lucky enough to have job offers were able to apply for temporary licenses.
The board also disapproved a special-education program for early childhood which had been initiated by UMD on Friday. The cancellation was as result of similar reasons which made the board to also cancel secondary programs. In addition to that the board gave the UMD a variance so as to make it possible for students who graduated in December to obtain their teaching licenses.