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VCSU Receives Frank Murray Leadership Recognition from the CAEP

Dec 1, 2023

Members of the School of Education pose with the award from CAEP

Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced the school was recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP awarded the 2023 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement to 21 educator preparation programs in 15 states and the United Arab Emirates. Winning schools provided evidence and data trends to achieve accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvement.

“Once again our School of Education continues to stand out as one of the top teacher-educator programs in the nation,” President Alan LaFave said. “Last year, our faculty and program were recognized as having no areas of concern and given full reaccreditation by CAEP. This is a significant achievement and reflects the high quality of our program.”

CAEP has accredited 541 educator preparation providers in 43 states. The organization focuses on advancing equity and excellence through evidence-based accreditation.

“CAEP completed accreditation visits to 96 education preparation providers in 2023. VCSU appreciates being listed among the 21 institutions receiving the Frank Murray Recognition for Continuous Improvement. Our faculty prioritize helping every teacher candidate succeed in their content area, and this award reiterates the high-quality instruction and experience we offer,” Dean of the VCSU School of Education Allen Burgad said. “Our focus on instruction and authentic field experiences helps our students become successful educators.”

The Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement is named after the founding President of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and TEAC.

To learn more about CAEP, visit For more information, or to arrange an interview about VCSU, contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft by emailing, or calling 701-845-7227.