Plymouth State University Reevaluating National Accreditation of Educator Preparatory Programs

As Plymouth State University (PSU) continues its reinvention to become a model 21st century university, it is reevaluating national accreditation of its Educator Preparatory Programs (EPP).

PSU’s programs are currently accredited by the New Hampshire Department of Education and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

PSU as an institution is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and the University’s education programs are nationally recognized through their respective Special Professional Associations, known as SPAs.

PSU embarked on a redesign of its approach to education several years ago that is challenging many long-held traditions in higher education. These changes have put innovation at the heart of its approach to better prepare students for the 21st century.

“Since the full implementation of CAEP’s new accreditation standards in 2016, we have seen its focus shift toward compliance in quality control above measurements such as innovation,” said Donald L. Birx, President, Plymouth State University. “This shift in focus presents real challenges to institutions trying to comply with quality control measures designed for a more traditional institution.”

PSU joins numerous institutions across the country in reevaluating, and in some casing withdrawing, from national accreditation, including San Diego State University, Florida State University, University of Northern Colorado, and California State University San Bernardino.

“The Department of Education is working closely with PSU to understand their national accreditation needs given the innovative practices that are underway which may not fit well in a traditional accreditation model,” stated Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education.

Just last month, New York State approved a regulatory change that expands the options in national accreditation for the state’s educator preparation providers allowing institutions apply for alternative national accreditation.

About Plymouth State University: Established in 1871, Plymouth State University serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development. With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more information about Plymouth State University visit


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