Graduate School of Education

Independent status granted within the University to the newly-renamed Graduate School of Education (GSE)

Dr. Larry D. Large, Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees took action at its February meeting granting independent status within the University to the newly-renamed Graduate School of Education (GSE), officially separating the School of Education from the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). According to Large, "this exciting transition places our education program in the stratum of professional graduate schools alongside the College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management."

He went on to say that "as an independent college, the Graduate School of Education is better positioned to serve teachers and the teaching profession by having the ability to:

  • Respond to marketplace needs for programs and professional development
  • Create visibility for GSE offerings distinct from CLA, and
  • Enable faculty and administrators to gain recognition as leaders in the field of teacher preparation.

I would like to thank Rita Moore, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and David Douglass, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, as well as the respective faculties and staff at both colleges whose leadership, time and effort made this transition a reality.

Great things are already on the horizon for GSE. Anticipated this spring are the approval of its application for national accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the deployment of a new Masters in Education degree program in Salem and Portland."

[March 9, 2010]