The College of Education and Human Services is preparing our students to be effective educators and is responding to the nationwide call for transformational improvements in our colleges of education. The College of Education and Human Services, which has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1974, engages in periodic reviews and ongoing program evaluations to ensure that our philosophy and practices are current, we adhere to high standards, and we plan for future development. CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information on both program outcome and program impact. Data collected through these reviews lead to continuous program refinement in cooperation with our various constituencies including public school personnel, colleagues in liberal arts and sciences, and colleagues in education programs in other institutions of higher education.
Following is the list of the CAEP outcome measures with supporting evidence:
Outcome Measure 1 - Impact on P-12 learning and development
Starting in fall 2017, the New Jersey Department of Education required all teacher education candidates to take the edTPA performance assessment during their student-teaching semester. edTPA is a performance-based, subject- specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from the first day in the classroom. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.
For fall 2017 through spring 2019, all teacher candidates needed to complete edTPA but did not need to obtain a particular score in order to receive their teaching credential. Starting in fall 2019, all edTPA scores become consequential and teacher candidates are now required to obtain a minimum score in order to receive their teaching credential. Every semester, our teacher candidates have steadily improved their scores and we have increased the number of students who have received passing scores. In our first consequential scoring semester, fall 2019, 60 out of 61 teacher candidates obtained a passing score on edTPA (98% passing rate). Here is a summary of our candidates' performance on the various edTPA handbooks for the past five semesters.
Outcome Measure 2 - Indicators of teaching effectiveness
The New Jersey Department of Education collects teacher evaluation data on Rider graduates who were employed and evaluated in a New Jersey Public School. 100% of Rider graduates who were evaluated by their supervisors in the workplace were rated as “Highly Effective” or “Effective”. This rating is based upon their students’ achievement gains in Language Arts and Math (Student Growth Percentiles), their students meeting the academic goals set for them (Student Growth Outcomes), and multiple classroom observations. In February 2019, NJDOE provided us with data from AY 16 completers who were employed in NJ schools in AY 17.
Outcome Measure 3 - Satisfaction of Employers
The College of Education & Human Services surveys the schools that hire our graduates on an annual basis. The Employer Survey measures employers' perceptions of Rider University's Teacher Preparation Program graduates whom they have hired. Overall, employer satisfaction is high for all Rider University's Teacher Preparation Program graduates. In the most recent administration of the Employer Survey (spring, 2019) the mean score across all survey items was 3.36 (on a 1 to 4 scale with 4 indicating employers' highest satisfaction), with a low score of 2.28 (Q11: Rider University prepares its graduates to use data to plan, differentiate, and modify instruction for students that are English Language Learners) and with a high score of 3.59 (Q20: Rider University prepares its graduates to communicate clearly and effectively). The full results of the employer survey can be found here.
Outcome Measure 4 - Satisfaction of Completers
The New Jersey Department of Education surveys completers at the time of licensure. Overall, our completers are highly satisfied with Rider's Teacher Preparation Program with 99% of our completers reporting that they are likely or very likely to recommend Rider's Teacher Preparation Program to to someone who is considering becoming a teacher. The results of the most recent survey can be found here.
Outcome Measure 5 - Graduation Rates - Initial and Advanced
Within our undergraduate initial teacher certification program, our completer rates were the following: 2015-2016 = 90.36% completer rate; 2016-2017 = 92.39% completer rate. These rates are based upon candidates who followed a typical sequence of study and completed within 100% of “normal time” following entry into the program. Of the 15 candidates who did not complete within 100% of normal time, five (33%) are still actively enrolled at Rider as an education major making adequate progress toward their degree.
Within the post-baccalaureate initial teacher certification program, our completer rates were the following: 2015-2016 = 90.91% completer rate; 2016-2017 = 85.19% completer rate. These rates are based upon candidates who followed a typical sequence of study and completed within 100% of “normal time” following entry into the program. Of the 12 candidates who did not complete within 100% of normal time, four (34%) are still actively enrolled at Rider as an education major making adequate progress toward their degree. This data is benchmarked against Rider’s overall 4-year graduation rate, which is 56%, the 6-year graduation rate is 64%, and the 8-year graduation rate is 65%.
Within our advanced certification programs, the completion rates range from 77.1% to 100% with a mean of 88.03%. Time to program completion ranges from 1.5 to 2.8 years with a mean of 2.28 years. These rates have been steady since fall of 2012 when this data was first collected and analyzed. A detailed report of all advanced programs and their completions rates and time to completion can be found here.
Outcome Measure 6 - Ability of completers to meet licensing requirements
100% of our graduates meet New Jersey State teacher certifications requirements, which includes having a 3.0 Grade Point Average, obtaining a passing score on the Praxis Core exam and obtaining a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment. 100% of our educational leadership (principal) graduates obtain a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment. Here are our graduates’ GPA and Praxis scores for the past four academic years (pdf).
Outcome Measure 7 - Ability of completers to be hired in positions for which they have prepared
In May of each year, graduating students from the College of Education & Human Services participate in The Office of Career Development and Success First Destination survey. The following are the results of the First Destination survey for students who graduated during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Initial Teacher Certification
Of the 114 students who graduated in the 2018-2019 academic year with an initial teacher certification, 92 responded to the First Destination survey (81% response rate). Of those 92 graduates who responded, 67 graduated from Rider’s undergraduate teacher preparation program (Bachelor’s degree) and 25 graduated from Rider’s post- baccalaureate teacher preparation program (MAT or certificate). Results of the survey are here.
Of the 84 students who graduated in the 2018-2019 academic year with an advanced certification (e.g., school psychology, principal leadership, counseling), 70 responded to the First Destination survey (86% response rate). At the advanced level, across all programs, 62 of the 70 respondents reported that they were employed either full- or part time (89%), and an additional 3 (4%) reported they were continuing their education. Five respondents (7%) reported that they are actively seeking employment.
Outcome Measure 8 - Student loan default rates and other consumer information (initial & advanced levels)
The Rider University student loan default rates over the past three years have been: 2014 = 4.2%; 2015 = 4.6%; 2016 = 4.3%. These results have remained stable over the past several years. Additional consumer information can be found at here.