Alumni Recognition & CAEP Performance Data

Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences graduates currently hold positions as teachers, building administrators, and central office personnel throughout Virginia, the surrounding states, and as far away as China.

Bluefield College teacher education graduates have been recognized as outstanding teachers of the year and have received various awards, including Teacher of the Year Awards, Ashland Oil Teaching Awards, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, and Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Grant Awards. Bluefield College graduates have served in leadership positions, including Executive Secretary of the National Education Association, member of the Virginia State Board of Education, and as superintendents of school districts. Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences graduates also serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Graduate Schools Attended

Many graduates from the Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences are enrolled in or have successfully completed master’s degrees from various institutions, including Bluefield College, Virginia Tech, Radford University, University of Virginia, East Tennessee State University, Averett University, James Madison University, University of Alabama, and Concord University. Beyond that level, other students have achieved a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and Liberty University. These students received master’s degrees in the areas of reading, guidance counseling, library science, educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, and leadership, as well as content areas.

Education performance data can include a variety of different sources.  These are just some of the ways that we evaluate the success of our alumni.

Accreditation

Bluefield College’s Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare competent, caring, and qualified teachers who are reflective practitioners, is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 10/24/2016-12/31/2023.  The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.  This accreditation certifies that Bluefield College’s Teacher Education Program has provided evidence that its program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. All of Bluefield College’s initial-level licensure programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, were included as part of the last accreditation review.  Those programs are:

Initial-Level Program Undergraduate Graduate
Career & Technical Education: Business Information Technology X X
Elementary Education PreK-6 X
English X
Health & Physical Education PreK-12 X
History & Social Sciences X X
Journalism Add-On X
Mathematics X
Mathematics – Algebra | Add-on X
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12 X X
Music Education – Vocal/Choral PreK-12 X X
Science – Biology X X
Science – Chemistry X
Special Education General Curriculum K-12 X
Speech Communication Add-On X
Theater Arts PreK-12 X X
Visual Arts PreK-12 X X

Bluefield College’s Advanced Programs in Administration & Supervision preK-12 and School Counselor preK-12 are new programs and will be included as part of the next accreditation review in 2023

CAEP Performance Data

Education performance data can include a variety of different sources.  These are just some of the ways that we evaluate the success of our alumni.

Impact on P-12 Learning & Development

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are no clear mechanisms for collecting and sharing data across the state education agency, EPPs, and P-12 school divisions. EPPs in Virginia, as in many other states, face difficulty capturing meaningful large-scale data for the accreditation requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and program improvement.

The School of Education and Social Sciences is in the process of collecting qualitative data about its program completers’ impact on P-12 learning and development through multiple measures.  These measures include observations, interviews, and artifacts collected on program completers in their first, second, and third years of teaching.  This data will be incorporated into a case study to address Bluefield College’s program completers’ impact on P-12 learning and development.  The School of Education and Social Sciences hope to have the case study analysis available to the public in April of 2022.

Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are no clear mechanisms for collecting and sharing data across the state education agency, EPPs, and P-12 school divisions. EPPs in Virginia, as in many other states, face difficulty capturing meaningful large-scale data for the accreditation requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and program improvement.

The School of Education and Social Sciences is in the process of collecting qualitative data about its program completers’ teaching effectiveness through multiple measures.  These measures include observations, interviews, and artifacts collected on program completers in their first, second, and third years of teaching.  This data will be incorporated into a case study to address Bluefield College’s program completers’ teaching effectiveness.  The School of Education and Social Sciences hope to have the case study analysis available to the public in April of 2022.

Satisfaction of Employers & Employment Milestones

Initial-Licensure Programs

The Employer Survey is distributed annually to principals in all schools in which graduates from the previous three years are currently teaching. The survey measures employers’ satisfaction with the preparation of School of Education and Social Sciences graduates for their assigned responsibilities in working with P-12 students. Bluefield College participates in the Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative Employer Survey for Initial Licensure programs. The Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative utilizes a common, standardized survey of program completers and their employers using the language and concepts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Uniform Performance Standards. There are 36 Educator Preparation Programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia surveying program completers and their employers each year seeking to improve their programs and meet requirements of the Virginia Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. By standardizing survey recruitment, timelines, and process, VEAC hopes to reduce the complexity of surveys that principals and administrators complete each year to support EPPs. By benchmarking with the other VEAC participants, EPPs can better understand their strengths and areas for improvement. Additionally, VEAC provides a common language and prompts discussion for program improvement.

In the past, The School of Education and Social Sciences asked principals, who employed our graduates, to complete an evaluation of the graduate upon completion of their first year in the classroom.  This evaluation consisted of rating the graduates on a scale from 1- (Unsatisfactory) to 5- (Excellent).*

2016-2017* VEAC Survey 2017-2019 3-Year Average
Overall Satisfaction of Employers 3.95 5.00 4.48

Advanced-Level Programs

Collecting employer satisfaction of advanced licensure graduates presents challenges since completers may still be in initial licensure positions and therefore difficult for the employer to assess the skills earned in their advanced license programs.

Administration and Supervision

Currently, in the design process, the Employer Survey will be distributed annually to superintendents in all school divisions in which graduates from the previous three years are currently working. The survey will measure employers’ satisfaction with the preparation of School of Education and Social Sciences graduates for their assigned responsibilities in working with P-12 students and teachers.  Bluefield College’s first graduates in Administration and Supervision completed the program in spring 2020.

School Counselor

As part of CACREP accreditation, an employer satisfaction survey will be created and distributed annually to employers of graduates from the previous three years.  Bluefield College’s first graduates in School Counseling are expected in spring 2022.

Satisfaction of Completers

Initial-Licensure Programs

Completer surveys are sent to the most recent three years of graduates (teachers in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year of teaching). The survey measures graduates’ perspectives on the degree to which the Bluefield College Teacher Education program prepared them for their assigned responsibilities working with P-12 students. Bluefield College participates in the Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative Completer Survey for Initial Licensure programs. The Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative utilizes a common, standardized survey of program completers and their employers using the language and concepts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Uniform Performance Standards. In 2020, approximately half of the Educator Preparation Programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia participated in VEAC to survey program completers and their employers each year seeking to improve their programs and meet requirements of the Virginia Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. By standardizing survey recruitment, timelines, and process, VEAC hopes to reduce the complexity of surveys that principals and administrators complete each year to support EPPs. By benchmarking with the other VEAC participants, EPPs can better understand their strengths and areas for improvement. Additionally, VEAC provides a common language and prompts discussion for program improvement.

In the past, the School of Education asked program completers (employed as teachers) to complete surveys on our program one year after graduation.  This survey consisted of rating their preparation in specific behaviors on a scale from 1-(Unsatisfactory) to 5-(Excellent).

2016-2017* VEAC Survey 2017-2019 3-Year Average
Overall 4.47 4.14 4.31

Advanced-Level Programs

Collecting completer satisfaction of advanced licensure graduates presents challenges since completers may still be in initial licensure positions and therefore difficult for the completer to assess the skills earned in their advanced license programs.

Administration and Supervision

Currently, in the design process, the Completer Survey will be distributed to the most recent three years of graduates. The survey will measure completers’ satisfaction with their preparation by the School of Education and Social Sciences for their assigned responsibilities in working with P-12 students and teachers.  Bluefield College’s first graduates in Administration and Supervision completed the program in spring 2020.

School Counselor

As part of CACREP accreditation, a completer satisfaction survey will be created and distributed annually to program graduates from the previous three years.  Bluefield College’s first graduates in School Counseling are expected in spring 2022.

Graduation Rates

Per the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia, 8VAC20-542-10:

“Candidates completing a program” are defined as individuals who have successfully completed all coursework, required assessments, including those prescribed by the Board of Education, and supervised student teaching or a required internship.

“Candidates exiting a program” means individuals who have successfully completed all coursework, regardless of whether the individuals attempted, passed, or failed required assessments, including those prescribed by the Board of Education, and/or who may not have completed supervised student teaching or required internship 

2017-2018
Program Initial Level Completers Exiters Completers Recommended for Licensure(%)
Career & Technical Education: Business Information Technology 6-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Elementary Education PreK-6 0 0 0
English 6-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Health & Physical Education PreK-12 2 0 2 (100%)
History & Social Sciences 6-12 0 0 0
Journalism Add-On 0 0 0
Mathematics 6-12 0 0 0
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Music Education – Vocal/Choral PreK-12 0 0 0
Science – Biology 6-12 0 0 0
Science – Chemistry 6-12 0 0 0
Special Education General Curriculum K-12 0 0 0
Speech Communication Add-On 1 0 1 (100%)
Theater Arts PreK-12 0 0 0
Visual Arts PreK-12 0 0 0
Program Advanced Level
Administration & Supervision PreK-12 0 0 0
School Counselor PreK-12 0 0 0
2018-2019
Program Initial Level Completers Exiters Completers Recommended for Licensure(%)
Career & Technical Education: Business Information Technology 6-12 0 0 0
Elementary Education PreK-6 8 0 8 (100%)
English 6-12 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education PreK-12 0 0 0
History & Social Sciences 6-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Journalism Add-On 0 0 0
Mathematics 6-12 3 0 3 (100%)
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12 0 0 0
Music Education – Vocal/Choral PreK-12 0 1 0
Science – Biology 6-12 0 0 0
Science – Chemistry 6-12 0 0 0
Special Education General Curriculum K-12 3 0 3 (100%)
Speech Communication Add-On 0 0 0
Theater Arts PreK-12 0 0 0
Visual Arts PreK-12 0 0 0
Program Advanced Level
Administration & Supervision PreK-12 0 0 0
School Counselor PreK-12 0 0 0

 

*One program completer in 2018-2019 was licensed in both Elementary & Special Education General Curriculm.

2019-2020
Program Initial Level Completers Exiters Completers Recommended for Licensure(%)
Career & Technical Education: Business Information Technology 6-12 0 0 0
Elementary Education PreK-6 3 0 3 (100%)
English 6-12 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education PreK-12 0 0 0
History & Social Sciences 6-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Journalism Add-On 0 0 0
Mathematics 6-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12 0 0 0
Music Education – Vocal/Choral PreK-12 0 0 0
Science – Biology 6-12 0 0 0
Science – Chemistry 6-12 0 0 0
Special Education General Curriculum K-12 2 0 2 (100%)
Speech Communication Add-On 0 0 0
Theater Arts PreK-12 0 0 0
Visual Arts PreK-12 1 0 1 (100%)
Program Advanced Level
Administration & Supervision PreK-12 2 0 2 (100%)
School Counselor PreK-12 0 0 0

Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing (Certification) Requirements for the State of Virginia

Licensure Exam Results

Program completers at the School of Education and Social Sciences must take the professional teacher assessments required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Per the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia, VDOE defines program completers as individuals who have successfully completed all coursework, required assessments, including those prescribed by the Board of Education, and supervised student teaching or a required internship.

100% of program completers (2017 – 2020) passed the Board of Education’s required licensure exams.

Recommended for Licensure

The Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences recommends program completers for licensure if they have met VDOE requirements, including coursework, professional assessments, and other requirements. 100% of program completers (2017 – 2020) were recommended for licensure upon completion of the program.

BC School of Education Completers of Initial & Advanced Preparation Programs

2017-2018 5
2018-2019 14
2019-2020 8

BC School of Education Pass Rates – Title II Summary Reports – Initial Preparation Programs

2017-2018 *
2018-2019 (Title II Program Report) 100%
2019-2020 *

*Title II Summary Reports are not available for years with fewer than 10 program completers.

Ability of Completers to Be Hired in Education Positions For Which They Have Prepared

BC School of Education Job Placement Rates

2017-2018 60%
2018-2019 100%
2019-2020 75%

Most graduates who have not yet accepted a teaching position are currently enrolled in graduate programs, working as substitutes, or currently employed as coaches.  Graduates in Administration and Supervision are still serving in initial-level positions.

Student Loan Default Rates

Bluefield College’s average college-wide three-year student loan default rate is 9.9%.  This is for students who graduated between 2015 to 2017, which is the most recent period available.