Western Michigan University Education Program Gets 'At Risk' Grade From State

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The Michigan Department of Education has given the teacher-preparation program at Western Michigan University an "at-risk" rating, making it one of three programs in the state with that ranking.

WMU was the only higher education institution in Michigan to fall from a "satisfactory" rating to "at-risk," according to the 2010-2011 Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores Report, reviewed at the state Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

Hillsdale College and Saginaw Valley State University are also considered at risk. There are four "low-performing" institutions receiving worse grades than the "at-risk" schools.

The list of at-risk and low-performing institutions is reported to the U.S. Department of Education. WMU must improve to a satisfactory grade within two years, or it will be moved to the low-performing category, under which programs are subject to corrective plans.

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