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James G. Cibulka
Named Next NCATE
5/12/2008 10:22 AM
James G. Cibulka, dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, has been named as the next president of NCATE.
goals include greater efficiencies in process and a focus on continuous improvement.
Goals Include Greater Efficiencies in Process; Stronger Research Base; Greater Focus on Continuous Improvement; Increasing the Number of Accredited Institutions
Washington, D.C. -- James G. Cibulka, dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, has been named as the next president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The NCATE Executive Board ratified his
appointment on May 9, 2008.
has a long and distinguished record in higher education.
Prior to his service in Kentucky, he was associate dean and professor in the University of Marylandâ€™s College of Education and served as chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration.
From 1972 through 1995, Cibulka was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he established the Department of Community Education.
From 1988 to 1995, he directed the Ph.D. program in urban education at Wisconsin.
From 1992 to 1995, he also served as editor of the Educational Administration Quarterly.
Cibulka started his career as an administrator for the Chicago Board of Education and as a teacher and administrator in the Model City Community Schools Program in Duluth, MN.
has authored or coauthored numerous books and scores of articles on education policy, administration, and community development.
desire to strengthen professional consensus regarding the need for universal accreditation. â€œWe will work with stakeholders to design incentives for all institutions to become accredited,â€ which he
says â€œis a prerequisite for a strong profession.â€
also will focus on simplifying the accreditation process and making it more cost-effective; he
says â€œI believe we must strive for greater efficiencies using web technology.
We must incorporate more opportunities to focus on continuous improvement as a part of the accreditation process.
At the same time, our goal will be to maintain, and even strengthen, rigor throughout the process.â€
Sharon Porter Robinson, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and head of the search committee for NCATEâ€™s president, says, â€œI am thrilled that Jim Cibulka has accepted the position as the next NCATE president.
Richard L. Schwab, Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and President of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), says , "I am very excited about the appointment of Jim Cibulka as the next NCATE president. He has the academic background and experience that will enhance NCATE's leadership in providing quality assurance through professional accreditation. As important, his collaborative leadership style, high standards and communication skills will encourage new institutions to join the organization."
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cibulka graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1966 with a B.A. in government.
He earned his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Chicago in 1973, with an emphasis in education policy and political science.