SU’s Peoples chosen for prestigious education accreditation team


 Southern University's Dr. VerJanis A. Peoples has been selected to be part of the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) site visiting teams.


Peoples, the executive vice chancellor on the Baton Rouge campus, will be a member of one of several CAEP's site visiting teams that recommends the final accreditation decisions for more than 100 educator preparation providers each academic year.


"This is a good for Southern University that it has someone who is national board certified and qualified to be part of an accreditation visitor team," said Peoples. "This will also increase the university's visibility with other institutions across the country."


In selecting Peoples, CAEP President James G. Cibulka said in a letter to SU Chancellor Dr. James L. Llorens, "You should be proud that this individual meets the intellectual, academic, and personal demands that are required to be a member of CAEP's site visitor team."


CAEP's focus is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen pre-K through 12th grade student learning.


Peoples was named interim vice chancellor in December 2012. She had been dean of SU's College of Education and a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.


Peoples is a certified Louisiana Board Examiner with the Louisiana Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She also serves as a reviewer for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a professional organization for teacher educators.


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