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Dean's Greeting

Dr. Marion Gillis-OlionThe College enjoys a proud heritage of preparing professionals who are sensitive and responsive to the diverse needs of students, parents, and the community. >> Read More

Dr. Marion Gillis Olion, Dean
College of Education

Vision Statement:
The College of Education will build upon its proud legacy of strong undergraduate and graduate academic programs designed to prepare effective and high quality teachers and other educational leaders and professionals to positively impact the lives of 21st Century children, local educational agencies, communities, and organizations for global competitiveness.

 Mission Statement:
The College of Education prepares knowledgeable, reflective, and caring professionals in the fields of education, research, and service. Completers, prepared by highly qualified faculty and through participation in prescribed activities, cutting edge instructional practices offered through multiple modes of delivery, on-going assessments, and field-based internships, have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support student learning within a framework of family and community and are able to participate in a diverse, technological, and global society. The COE proudly prepares transformational educators and leaders through licensure only options and degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels for the southeastern region of the state, nation, and the global community. 


2014-2017 Strategic Priorities & Goals:

Priority 1:   Ensure Academic Quality: To prepare candidates as teachers, leaders, or other school professionals for licensure and program completion, resulting in high quality professionals who promote academic growth for a diverse and global student population; the process is monitored through an assessment system that ensures all program completers meet program learning outcomes at an acceptable or proficient level


  • Improve Assessment of Undergraduate learning
  • Improve Assessment of Graduate learning
  • Improve Score on the Graduating Senior Survey
  • Improve/Maintain Average Admissions and Completion GPAs
  • Monitor Completers on Job Readiness through Annual Survey
  • Monitor Employers on Graduate Readiness through Annual Survey
  • Monitor Employment Rate over the past three years

Priority 2:   Increase Degree Attainment: To provide leadership and resources, including personnel and facilities, resulting in increased enrollment and persistence rate (retention and graduation) across all programs.


  • Increase Enrollment of First Time Freshman
  • Increase Enrollment of Transfer Students
  • Increase Enrollment of Graduate Student
  • Increase Persistence Rate for First time Freshman
  • Increase Persistence Rate for First Time Transfer Students
  • Increase Persistence Rate for Graduate Students
  • Maintain Strong Persistence Rate for COE
  • Increase Program Completion Numbers

Priority 3:   Increase Educational Support Services: To deliver instruction and provide academic support, including intensive advisement, tutoring, research guidance and supervision, and effective field experiences and clinical practice necessary to enable teacher candidates, educational leaders, and other school professionals to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to enhance student learning and success


  • Improve Quality of Teacher Education Programs
  • Maintain/Increase Student Satisfaction on Advisement
  • Maintain/Improve Completers' Impact on Student Growth

Priority 4:   Increase Research and Professional Development: To strengthen research activities and productivity for COE professionals, including cross-disciplinary collaborations, resulting in best practices in scholarship, service, and teaching that includes self-assessment of teaching effectiveness as measured by the quality and rate of candidate and completer performance


  • Increase faculty Involvement in Professional Development
  • Increase Staff Involvement in Professional Development
  • Provide Research Opportunities

Priority 5:   Enhance Community Engagement: To increase the delivery of educational services to P-12 children, parents, and educators - primarily in the southeastern region of the state  - so as to enhance student learning, teaching quality, school leadership, and the lives of the people of North Carolina, the United States, and the global community


  • Increase/Maintain Service to P-12 Children
  • Increase/Maintain Service to P-12 Educators
  • Improve/Maintain Services Provided by the Early Childhood Learning Center

Priority 6:   Ensure Continuous Improvement:  To promote continuous improvement in academic programs, instruction, academic support, research, and community outreach through effective planning, assessment, and use of assessment results for improvement


  • Maintain Measures of Continuous Improvement Record (CIR)
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