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In early October 2020, AACTE invited the chief representatives of its member institutions to complete a survey on how the twin crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice had affected their educator preparation programs and how they have responded to these crises. Nearly 170 AACTE members completed the survey, for an overall response rate of 26%. Respondents were very similar to the population of AACTE members in terms of institution type.
AACTE conducted a similar survey in April 2020, asking members about the immediate impact of COVID-19 on their educator preparation programs. That survey had a similar response rate (27%) and was also representative of AACTE’s membership. Where applicable, this summary includes an indication of how conditions changed between the spring and fall of 2020.
Within the member survey, Schools and Colleges of Education across the United States shared insights into the impact of two national crises in educator preparation. The topics which addressed COVID-19 ranged from Enrollment, Budget, Staffing, and Programming; Instruction; and Clinical Practice. The survey also addressed the continued and sustained impact of racial injustice on our member campuses. We asked members to describe how they responded to racial violence, how they continued to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and what strides they made to increase the recruitment of diverse faculty and candidates.
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