- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State officials revoked the accreditation of the University of Tulsa’s teacher preparation program after determining the school didn’t fix problems that were found two years ago.

The Oklahoma Office on Educational Quality and Accountability rescinded the accreditation after reviewing the board of examiners’ findings from a spring “focus visit” to the school, the Tulsa World reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2u2t66g ). The board evaluates all teacher preparation programs in Oklahoma.

Dan Craig, the office’s executive director, said the university was lacking on two of the six evaluated standards.

“The rules say after you miss one or more standards after a focus visit, revocation is on the table,” Craig said. The deficiencies were first identified in 2015.

The university said in a statement it’s already starting to address the inadequacies identified during the state accreditation process.

“The commission has been extremely helpful in providing TU with guidance on how to improve our program and a pathway to regain certification as quickly as possible,” the university said.

The statement noted that the university has already made changes to its Department of Education, including reorganizing, selecting new leadership and adding staff.

“We are dedicated to regaining the full confidence of the commission within the allotted time and building a framework to ensure accreditation is maintained,” the university said.

The University of Tulsa is required to notify its affected students about the loss of accreditation within 30 days.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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