Otterbein College is seeking community input for a required accreditation review.

Otterbein College is seeking community input for a required accreditation review.

The college's department of education is scheduled for a spring 2009 accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), according to Otterbein spokeswoman Jennifer Hill.

Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for first accreditation or continuing accreditation, Hill said.

"Both NCATE and Otterbein College recognize graduates, parents, schools and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel," Hill said. "We invite interested parties to submit written testimony on the department of education."

She said comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered at Otterbein and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to Otterbein for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

The deadline to submit comments is Sunday, Dec. 31.

Comments can be addressed to Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023 or e-mailed to callforcomments@ncate.org.

-- Lin Rice