Why common indicators?
In 2015, Deans for Impact initiated a comprehensive review of how data were collected within the programs led by our members. This inquiry was guided by a central question: Were our programs getting the information they needed to support meaningful program improvement? The answer was, simply, no. What we found was a lack of uniformity, comparability, and access that hampered efforts at meaningful program improvement, cross-institutional inquiry and learning, and research into the features of educator preparation that matter, for whom, and under what conditions.
We believe that needs to change.
Over the past year, we’ve worked with our members, and key members of their faculty and staff, to learn more about how common indicators, collected and shared across programs, could help support their efforts to improve their own programs and candidates experiences – and how they could support transformation of the field more broadly.
In the coming weeks, we’ll share perspectives from those faculty and staff about the needs they see in the existing data landscape – and how common data could help them better prepare future teachers.
In this short video, faculty and staff from four of our member institutions talk about the importance of common data.