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Chronicle of Higher Education

K-12 Teachers Alliance College Partners Named Fastest growing in US, according to Chronicle of Higher Education

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education August 2014 issue, three K-12 Teachers Alliance partner institutions were named in the top twenty for fastest growing non-profit Master’s programs in the country.

Congratulations:

Concordia University Chicago

Campus location: River Forest, IL

Founded: 1864

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Member of North Central Association

American International College

Campus location: Springfield, MA

Founded: 1885

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification member

Concordia University Texas

Campus location: Austin, TX

Founded: 1926

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Texas Education Agency

Of the K-12 Teachers Alliance’s 20+ partner institutions, almost all of them rank nationally for their tremendous growth. Those institutions not on the top 30 list have witnessed the most significant enrollment growth in their history since partnering with KTA.

We are extremely proud to have helped our partner institutions grow so profoundly as they are excellent non-profit, accredited private institutions ranging from small to mid-sized,” said Founder and Chairman Spencer A. Barnard, Jr. Hon. Ed.D. “Bringing together our fine K-12 member educators with such wonderful institutions has been a great professional joy.”

According to Joe Mroz, Executive Vice-President of University Relations, this trend in enrollment growth is just a happy byproduct, rather than the goal, of the K-12 Teachers Alliance mission.

What is so interesting is that, as an organization, creating sustained controlled enrollment growth for colleges was never our aim and never will be; but rather, since our founding, our mission is to serve the needs of K-12 teachers,” Mroz said. “One of those needs has always been quality graduate degree programs. It was in providing this service [to teachers] that we partnered with a college in the first place.”

Mroz went on to explain how that initial partnership has grown.

In further service of our school teachers, we developed and later perfected our graduate information, logistical and processing services to help our partner colleges seamlessly accommodate the significant number of new graduate students our membership was creating,” Mroz explained.

The K-12 Teachers Alliance fosters loyalty among educators, both in regard to selection of graduate schools and in other respects, through its unwavering commitment to service.

The K-12 Teachers Alliance has hosted almost 1,000 events in public, private, charter & contract school buildings across the country in the last year alone. KTA also funds numerous initiatives of K-12 educators annually.

Some of these initiatives include the TeachHUB “Making a Difference” graduate scholarship program, which provided more than $20,000 in scholarships to educators. The K-12 Alliance also provides zero-cost In-service Professional Development, in which KTA provides funding for a school’s continuing education needs. One of the company’s favorite pet projects is a new initiative offering school teachers and students pizza parties.

K-12 Teachers Alliance field personnel regularly meet with K-12 educators in rural, urban and suburban areas in more than 30 states. They have one singular job...to listen to their needs!

Additionally, the K-12 Teachers Alliance in-house representatives also provide exemplary service to the K-12 Teachers Alliance membership. The KTA training program is extensive and disciplined.

Many organizations have a mission; in the case of the K-12 Teachers Alliance, it is fulfilled in absolute terms every day. The wide array of services offered to K-12 educators is one thing, but it is how they are offered that makes the difference.

Growth among K-12 Teachers Alliance membership continues to expand exponentially, as demonstrated through the Chronicle's report. The membership and community is so large now that the K-12 Alliance has reopened our search for further graduate schools of education to accommodate their need.

Partnerships with institutions have been a key component of success for both the K-12 teacher and the institutions.

For example, the K-12 Alliance does not interfere in any way with the school’s academic programming. The college tells KTA the number of students they can accommodate, and KTA meets that number. Further, partnering with KTA will not burden college partners with large volumes of student inquiries as the organization handles all student inquiries in house. KTA maintains exclusive dedicated teams for each college partner at our expense. Teams are trained by the college to gather all the documentation required, processing and delivering decision-ready applicants for the college’s consideration.

K-12 Teachers Alliance contracts are only one year and renewed upon mutual agreement, creating a partnership culture of mutual service to K-12 educators. In partnership with the Alliance, there is contractually no financial risk for an institution, as the organization is not compensated for logistical or processing work performed.

Partnering with the K-12 Teachers Alliance is really quite a coup for the college because KTA only represents one institution in a given city or geographic region. The organization carefully considers a college before selection. Once a partnership is born, that college becomes the only school that KTA represents at their array of hosted events, as well as on its publications, websites, and through its education charities, etc.

These fine institutions have provided superior excellence in graduate programming to KTA membership.

As the one responsible for the integrity of KTA's partnerships, it has been a wonderful decade,” Barnard said. “And I look forward to working with them for many more years to come. I congratulate all of our partner institutions! It is always program excellence that is the determinant of long term success.”

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