Coastal Carolina University has been invited to become
a member of
The Renaissance Group, a national consortium of universities noted for
their strong teacher education programs and their institutional
commitment to teacher preparation.
The organization, comprising 26 universities across the nation,
was created in 1989 to improve the education of teachers on member
campuses and to facilitate efforts to reform teacher education
nationally. Now educating one out of 12 new American teachers,
Renaissance Group institutions are experimenting with innovative models
for preparing educators. The organization develops new curricula,
teaching strategies and textbooks, and also provides data to assist
public policy makers and educational leaders in making informed
"The invitation to join The Renaissance Group is a confirmation of
the strides we have made in establishing a tradition of quality teacher
education programs at Coastal," said Coastal President Ronald R. Ingle.
"Many of the primary goals of The Renaissance Group are identical to
Coastal's own long-standing mission regarding teacher education. One of
the group's fundamental principles is that the education of teachers is
an all-campus responsibility - a philosophy that Coastal strongly
embraces. Associate provost Dennis Wiseman is now working on an
institution-wide agenda outlining the university's commitment to
improving the quality of K-12 teaching in South Carolina."
The Renaissance Group also emphasizes the importance of field
experiences and new technologies in the education of teachers, and the
development of programs which prepare graduates to teach in a
pluralistic, multicultural society.
Other universities which are members of The Renaissance Group
include Eastern Michigan University, Emporia State University, Kean
University, Longwood College and the University of Central Florida.