SFS Accreditation for Higher Education: Meeting the Needs of All Educators
Standard For Success continues to meet the needs of all educators in providing custom software solutions to solve problems in the field. SFS Accreditation is the latest solution for higher education.
Solving Solutions From the Field
Standard For Success, an international educational software company created by educators for educators, was created in 2011 in response to needs of PK-12 educators. At that time, states across the country were mandating additional reporting of teacher evaluation data. SFS heard the need from educational leaders and created a solution to manage the collection and reporting of this data.
Likewise, in 2019, when SFS learned of a similar need to simplify accreditation reporting from higher education institutions, we responded with SFS Accreditation, a software designed to track, manage, and report teacher candidate data to accrediting organizations. This new platform tracks and reports this data and generates reports specific to reporting requirements of accrediting bodies. Specific to spring 2020, when the COVID pandemic hit, many institutions were looking for a method in which to track completion requirements.
It’s More Than a Data Warehouse
SFS Accreditation offers a software platform that not only tracks accreditation data, but houses a continuum of aligned rubrics designed to allow Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) to consistently measure candidate progress. Data can be extracted from this platform to streamline accreditation and drive program development. EPPs can review data and script on systemic rubrics, then extract the cycles of data to be used for program decisions, student remediation, and action reporting and evidence for annual reports and self-studies. The platform permits an EPP to view candidate program progression at a glance as well as verify program strengths and concerns.
Dr. Dustin Bailey, Chair of the Department of Education for Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, was one of the first to adopt SFS Accreditation. As an early adopter, Dr. Bailey and his team have provided input to the creation of the product. Dr. Bailey states, “Standard For Success has streamlined our evaluation and data-gathering process from a cumbersome, disconnected system to a fine-tuned machine.” Partnerships with Hanover and other institutions of higher learning have been essential in designing the platform to meet the unique needs of colleges and universities across the country.
Actionable Data to Drive Candidate and Program Growth
Our teacher educator candidates of today require a unique style of feedback. According to research, Millennials require leaders who can mentor and develop their strengths (Gallup, Inc., 2016). A recent study done by our team revealed that teachers who receive frequent, targeted feedback are more likely to stay in the profession (SFS study data, 2017). Teacher candidates are no different.
We are in the midst of a teacher shortage and need to decrease the teacher attrition rate. Frequent, targeted feedback not only leads to decreased teacher turnover, it also leads to professional growth in needed areas of improvement. Do we want to support our candidates in the areas in which they need growth, in order to help them be successful? I know that the educator in all of us will answer a resounding “Yes!” This is why SFS answered the call to simplify the accreditation process of tracking and reporting data—not only to support our institutions of higher learning, but also to foster growth of potential teacher candidates and continue our mission of attaining Better Students, Better Teachers, and a Better World.
For more information on how SFS Accreditation can help manage accreditation reporting data and development for teacher candidates, visit www.standardforsuccess.com/accreditation/.
Gallup, Inc. (2016). How millennials want to work and live. The six big changes leaders have to make. Washington, D.C.
Whitlock, D. (2020). Teacher evaluation as a growth process. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse.