UCEA Program Design & Practice Reflects the Best Research on High Quality Principal Preparation
“Quality matters in school leadership preparation. We should recognize, support and learn from those institutions that are leading the field by using data and a culture of continuous improvement to ensure research-informed best practices are at the heart of their preparation of a new generation of school leaders.” ~ Dr. Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director
The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a leading professional organization of higher education institutions focused on advancing the preparation and practice of leaders for the benefit of all children and schools, released program evaluation data that distinguishes its membership from the broader field of educational leadership preparation providers.
A new report, A Deeper Look: INSPIRE Data Demonstrates Quality in Educational Leadership Preparation, synthesizes data drawn from a valid and reliable program evaluation survey – the INSPIRE Preparation Program Survey. The primary goal of the INSPIRE Surveys is to provide a source of data for program faculty to critically evaluate their program in order to engage in productive changes for improvement, accreditation, and stakeholder support.
Data was submitted from 113 different college-based preparation programs. The analysis reveals that UCEA programs incorporate program design elements and practices that reflect research evidence for high quality principal preparation including:
It is imperative to have well-prepared educational leaders who understand teaching and learning; who are able to support their school staff, student bodies, and school communities; and who are willing to question structures and norms in their efforts to meet the needs of those they lead. Data in A Deeper Look contradicts many critiques of school leadership preparation and emphasizes the inaccuracy of lumping all leadership preparation programs together regardless of quality.
Dr. April Peters-Hawkins, UCEA President and Ed.D. Program Director at the University of Houston celebrated the report’s data, “UCEA members are united by a strong ethos of continuous improvement even as many members are already regarded by the field as high-quality. I am gratified to see that ethos reflected in verifiable data. “
A Deeper Look advances the national conversation about educational leadership preparation by offering unique and reliable data. Access the full report and data here.
About the INSPIRE Program Evaluation Survey Suite
This INSPIRE Program Evaluation Survey Suite is intended to aid educational leadership preparation programs in program accountability (e.g. program reviews and accreditation) and program improvement efforts. Additionally, cross program data from the suite of surveys may be used to learn more about effective leadership preparation program features and strategies. The INSPIRE Suite currently consists of four surveys, including 1) Preparation Program Features Survey (INSPIRE‐PP): a descriptive survey of the preparation program’s key features; 2) Graduate Survey (INSPIRE‐G): a survey of recent program graduates focusing on their perceptions of program quality and their own learning outcomes; 3) Leaders in Practice Survey (INSPIRE‐LP): a survey of graduates who are school leaders concerning their leadership behaviors; 4) INSPIRE 360º Survey
(INSPIRE‐360): a 360 degree survey of school leaders’ subordinates (teachers) and supervisor (s) concerning the leader’s effectiveness in shaping healthy and productive school conditions known to enhance student learning outcomes.
To learn more about the INSPIRE Program Evaluation Survey Suite click here.