USC Rossier School of Education Announces Commitment to Deliver Professional Support to All Graduates

"USC Rossier Commitment" applies to all graduates facing professional challenges and provides resources and intervention from faculty for the span of the graduate's career in education

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2013 — The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, one of the country’s top-ranked graduate schools of education, today announced a groundbreaking pledge to ensure the success of its graduates with a Commitment to support their continuous improvement and success for their entire professional education careers.

The USC Rossier Commitment is to provide all graduates who request help with ongoing resources as they start and build their careers. Any alumnus who is facing a professional challenge and reaches out to USC Rossier will receive help creating a plan for improvement, will have input from a USC Rossier faculty “Rapid Response  Team,” and will be guided toward a range of resources and interventions to support his or her success.

“I am exceedingly proud of the USC Rossier Commitment to stand behind our graduates and their abilities to improve student learning. I challenge other colleges and universities to join us and take responsibility for the quality of their graduates and America’s teachers,” said USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “As the country focuses on effective teaching to improve student outcomes, we are doing our part to support our graduates in evolving their practice and being the most impactful teachers they can be.”

The USC Rossier School of Education has been preparing teachers for over 100 years. In 2009, it launched its breakthrough online  Master of Arts in Teaching degree, using a state-of-the-art online learning platform with self-paced coursework, live face-to-face class sessions and field-based teaching experiences. With the online and on-campus programs, the school has prepared more than 2,000 teaching graduates since 2009 alone. The USC Rossier Commitment also extends to its graduates in counseling, K-12 leadership, student services, marriage and family therapy, and the education doctorate programs.

The school has established a program to administer the USC Rossier Commitment, which includes a hotline and email for graduates to contact the school, a “Rapid Response Team” of faculty evaluators who conduct the problem diagnosis and plan development, and a roster of resources to help graduates meet their challenges and achieve success. As appropriate, a faculty member may even visit a school site to assess the graduate's work.

The USC Rossier Commitment, according to Gallagher, will greatly enhance efforts to evaluate and improve the school’s programs. The USC Rossier School is focused on the consistent assessment and evaluation of its programs, demonstrated by its use of a third-party evaluator who has been conducting a five-year longitudinal study of the Master of Arts in Teaching.

“We recognize that implementing the USC Rossier Commitment will be complex, and that questions and ideas will be uncovered along the way,” Gallagher said. “But we also recognize that we must stand behind our graduates and their work. We plan to share what we learn through this effort and continue this work over time to help us and others advance the teaching field.”

The school is committed to providing its graduates with the research-based knowledge and skills to make a difference in any classroom – especially urban and other high-need classrooms – by delivering academically rigorous programs that combine theory and practice to address the education needs of an ever-changing population.

According to Gallagher, USC Rossier graduates are capable of identifying problems of practice in today’s classrooms and have the confidence to implement solutions that can transform educational environments. The USC Rossier Commitment builds on these assurances.

About the USC Rossier School of Education

The mission of the  USC Rossier School of Education (ross-EAR) is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally. Rossier leads the field in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. Our work is field-based, in the classroom, and online, and reflects a diversity of perspectives and experiences. We pride ourselves on innovation in all our programs, preparing teachers, administrators, and educational leaders who are change agents. We support the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers, whose work is having direct impact on student success in K-12 schools and higher education. We are leaders in using cutting-edge technology to scale up our quality programs for maximum impact.


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