Warner Pacific College Works With State Commission to Secure Program Conditional Approval

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Officials from Warner Pacific College (WPC) announce today that a stipulated order has been approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to grant conditional approval of their Teacher Education Program.

“We take seriously our mission to provide the community and state with graduates who are competent and able to meet the educational needs of the communities that they serve,” said President Andrea P. Cook.

Officials from Warner Pacific College (WPC) announce today that a stipulated order has been approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to grant conditional approval of their Teacher Education Program.

The Commission voted to accept the stipulated order in an 11-0 vote during today’s quarterly meeting. It grants Warner Pacific College Conditional Approval and establishes a series of deadlines by which the college must demonstrate compliance with all rules and regulations several times a year. A full site visit is scheduled for the fall of 2013.

Students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at WPC may continue their course work and the Commission has made it clear that the college retains the ability to recommend Teacher Education graduates for licensure as a result of its conditional approval.

When college leaders were made aware of the Commission’s concerns in July of this year, immediate action was taken to provide the data and documentation requested to ensure both responsiveness and accountability. “I am pleased that the state has been willing to work with us to ensure that our students are not impacted by these issues. We are committed to comply with all the standards of the TSPC and the Stipulated Order,” states the President of Warner Pacific College, Dr. Andrea P. Cook. “We can and will exceed the standards of expectation given to us by the state in an expedient fashion.”

On July 22, 2011, the TSPC approved a motion that ultimately could have led to denying Warner Pacific’s ability to recommend students for teaching licensure. The decision did not take immediate effect, pending an appeal process. The Stipulated Order, drafted by representatives from the Commission and the College, sets forth the conditions upon which both parties have now agreed.

“We take seriously our mission to provide the community and state with graduates who are competent and able to meet the educational needs of the communities that they serve,” said President Cook. “I and every faculty and staff member of the College remain committed to providing a quality education to all students at WPC.”

Dr. Juanita Sinclair was named Interim Director of the Teacher Education Program at WPC in July 2011. Since this time she has been leading the efforts to ensure that plans are implemented to address the concerns of the Commission.

Media Contact:
Lani E. Faith
Executive Director of Marketing | College Relations
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
lfaith(at)warnerpacific(dot)edu | 503.517.1369

Warner Pacific College is a Christ-centered liberal arts college located in the heart of Portland, Oregon that is dedicated to providing a diverse student body of 1,600 students an education that prepares them for the spiritual, moral, social, vocational and technological challenges of the 21st century.

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