Lewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Lewis & Clark is a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities. Lewis & Clark is on the approved lists of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of University Women. 

Graduate programs in education and counseling psychology are approved and accredited by the following associations and agencies:

*The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits our Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions specialization under their 2016 standards.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has Annual Reporting Measures used to provide information to the public on both program outcome and program impact. 

Please note: Annual updates to these data are made during spring term of the current AY.

Heading into the 2020-2021 academic year, our focus will remain on aligning systems and identifying

measurements that are meaningful for program improvement.

Following is the list of CAEP measures with links to information that provide supporting evidence for each measure:

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 learning and development (Component 4.1)

The provider documents multiple growth measures that completers contribute to student learning.  

Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness (Component 4.2)

The provider demonstrates that completers effectively apply the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions that the preparation experiences were designed to achieve.  

Measure 3: Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (Components 4.3 & A.4.1)

The provider demonstrates that employers are satisfied with completers’ preparation and that completers reach employment milestones such as promotion and retention. 

The Oregon Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) commissioned an annual statewide employer survey. The survey was first commissioned in 2014. The survey was put on hold for 2019-20 due to both a change to the distributor and due to the COVID-19 shut downs. We expect to resume collection efforts in 2021. The survey will again be distributed to all Oregon employers of initial licensure program completers within the completers’ first two years as contracted teachers.

OACTE has not surveyed employers of advanced program completers. Lewis & Clark is currently piloting an institution-specific survey of these employers.

Measure 4: Satisfaction of completers (Components 4.4 & A.4.2)

The provider demonstrates that program completers perceive their preparation as relevant to the responsibilities they confront on the job, and that the preparation was effective. Lewis & Clark GSEC conducts its own Alumni survey each year to evaluate our completers satisfaction with their program.

Also provided here is our update Alumni Data Improvement Plan that we use to guide our improvement and our outreach to all Alumni. As part of our Alumni data Improvement plan, we are strategically working to increase our response rate (see Alumni Data Improvement Plan above for details).

Regarding the The Oregon Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) commissioned an annual statewide alumni survey. The survey was first commissioned in 2014. The survey was put on hold for 2019-20 due to both a change to the contractor who distributes the survey and to the COVID-19 shut downs. We expect to have those data collection efforts resumed in 2021. The survey is scheduled to be distributed to all Oregon alumni of initial licensure programs within the completers’ first two years as contracted teachers. Shown here is data from the last implementation.

Measure 5: Graduation rates from educator preparation programs

Graduation rates provided for degree-granting programs at the initial and advanced levels.

Measure 6: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements

Licensure rates for initial programs and cohort-based advanced programs. Candidates can be program finishers 9completed all coursework successfully) but not “completers” if they have not yet passed a required exam or completed the paperwork to be recommended for a license.

Exam Scores

Title II Reports

Measure 7: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they were prepared (Initial and Advanced Levels)

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) compiles annual institutional profiles for initial teacher licensure programs in the state of Oregon, for their Teach in Oregon website. Employment rate is included among the metrics in the profile.

Our advanced completers are already employed as school district teachers or administrators. Most often they have enrolled in our inservice programming for professional development and not always to change their assignment. Once completed they often do not change their assignment.

Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information (Initial & Advanced Levels)
  • Lewis & Clark College Student Consumer Information
  • The College Loan Default Rates (Undergraduate, Law and Graduate School combined, are shown below).  This information was compiled by the College’s financial aid department with data from the U.S. Department of Education (see Below are the most recently reported rates of defaults our students have on their loans, which shows their ability to pay back student loans given their current income. Data from this metric can be used to see how Lewis & Clark College’s cost of attendance compares relative to other universities’ costs of attendance given current income trends in the field of education.

    Our current default rate is 1.1%. The FY 2017 national cohort default rate is 9.7 percent.











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