NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs
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Call for Applications to Serve on the NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs is currently seeking an additional member. The Commission has the main charge of rendering accreditation decisions regarding early childhood degree programs at institutions of higher education. The Commission is a self-managing group, with a clear structure, policies, and procedures that support the accreditation decision-making process. Commission members primarily represent early childhood leaders from early childhood degree programs, and other sectors of the early childhood field. The Commission also contributes to accreditation policies and procedures and the revision of professional preparation standards. The Commission is guided by its own founding principles as well as the guidelines for strong higher education accreditation practices as defined by Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the U.S. Department of Education.
The composition of the Commission reflects NAEYC’s commitment to being a high-performing, inclusive organization. The Commission is committed to assuring that its composition (1) includes individuals with a range of experience that support the mission and responsibilities of the Commission and the accreditation process; and (2) reflects the diversity of its constituency with specific attention to culture and ethnicity, language, geographic location, and gender.
The Commission is a volunteer entity, and, as such, Commissioners do not receive compensation for their service. Travel and other direct costs related to attending regular, special or committee meetings, workshops or site visits are paid by NAEYC.
Commissioner Responsibilities: Commissioners serve for three years and are limited to two consecutive terms. Commission members commit to attend two 3-day meetings a year at NAEYC Headquarters (typically February and June) and to participate in online meetings (typically May and October); to actively serve as a member of at least one standing committee; and to participate in accreditation orientation sessions. Preparation for Commission meetings includes review and critical assessment of programs’ Self-Study Reports, Peer Review Team Reports, Written Responses to the team report, and Annual Reports. Preparing for an in-person Commission meeting may take approximately 25 hours (this includes reviewing program cases, writing draft decisions, and reviewing materials for other topics on the agenda). Post-Commission meeting work may take approximately five hours to finalize decision reports for assigned cases. In addition, Commissioners are expected to conduct business between meetings related to their standing committee work.
Prior to Commission meetings, each Commissioner is assigned to a panel of 2-3 individuals. Each person is assigned to be the lead reviewer for 1-3 cases (approx. 4-6 prep hours per case), depending on the caseload and posts preliminary findings and recommendations prior to the start of the meeting. Panelists are expected to respond to the lead reviewers findings and recommendations. Commissioners utilize an online platform to conduct business, including posting and responding to preliminary findings and recommendations for assigned accreditation cases.
Commissioners must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make high-stakes accreditation decisions and should meet the following criteria:
Professional Criteria: Demonstrated commitment to the aims of early childhood teacher education at higher education institutions; understanding of the nature of program accreditation systems, policies and procedures; respect for the confidential, fair, and impartial nature of accreditation decisions.
Personal Criteria: Demonstrated ability to: work and make decisions in a close collegial relationship; strive for consensus within a group but take responsibility for actions based on a vote by the majority; express individual questions and concerns and hear the perspectives and opinions of others; consider information and data impartially and make rational and timely decisions; communicate decisions effectively in written decision reports; has the flexibility to leave work and focus on the Commission work for three days (for the in-person meetings); and can concentrate on issues which are complex, challenging and sometimes tedious. In addition, the individual must have the capacity to read large volumes of accreditation reports in a condensed period of time.
Additional Areas of Consideration: In keeping with the Commission’s commitment to maintaining a diverse composition that is representative of the programs it serves, it is particularly seeking individuals who represent at least one of the following areas:
- Has a research-oriented professional background
- Serves in an institution in the western, mid-Atlantic or northeastern region of the U.S.
- Is a person of non-Caucasian background
- Is male
Commission Term: January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022
Upcoming Commission Meeting Dates: February 26-28, 2020 (Washington, DC), May 13, 2020 (Virtual meeting), June 24-26, 2020 (Washington, DC)
How to Apply: Interested individuals should submit their resume and a brief statement describing their interest and qualifications (no more than 500 words) to email@example.com by September 23, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to review the Accreditation Handbook for the system and particularly Appendix B: Conflicts of Interest, Confidentiality, and Code of Conduct Policies. Applicants should also review the attached Commission Code of Ethics.
For questions, please contact Mary Harrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 350-8834.
The Commission's Role
The principal function of The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs is to exercise professional judgment in making accreditation decisions and setting policies and standards. The Commission also works with NAEYC staff to develop guidance documents and data gathering instruments necessary to carry out these functions.
The Commission consists of not fewer than eight members, who serve staggered three-year terms. One member is elected as chairperson. Commissioners bring a demonstrated commitment to the aims of early childhood teacher education at higher education institutions; an understanding of the nature of program accreditation systems, policy and procedures; and respect for the confidential, fair, and impartial nature of accreditation decisions. The Commission must include at least one public member who is not a member of the early childhood profession.
Current Commission Roster
- Crystal Swank, Chair - Truckee Meadows Community College, NV
- Bridget Murray, Chair Elect - Henderson Community College, KY
- Kathy Allen, Past Chair - Blue Ridge Community College, NC
- Stacy Atkinson - Ivy Tech Community College, IN
- Nancy Barbour - James Madison University, VA
- Nancy Beaver - Eastfield College, TX
- Donna Gollnick - Public Member
- Tiffany Hunter - Clark State Community College, OH
- Wei Qiu - Weber State University, UT
- Bweikia Steen - Trinity Washington University, DC
- Reginald Williams - South Carolina State University, SC
- Victoria Young-Chiverton - Central Arizona College, AZ
- Mary Harrill, Ex Officio member - Senior Director of Higher Education, NAEYC