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New BOE Training

All nominees must successfully complete an intensive, multi- day training session to be eligible to serve on BOE teams. Training sessions are held twice a year. The first one is almost always scheduled for the third week of July; the second one is usually scheduled in November. 

After NCATE receives BOE nominations from its member organizations, NCATE sends the nominees a letter notifying them of the upcoming training session and asking them to attend. Details about the training session and materials that should be read before training are sent to nominees several months before the training session. Nominees may be asked to complete online modules or attend webinars prior to the onsite training. 

The training is a combination of large and small group work that simulates the work of BOE teams. Trainees must attend the entire training and are expected to participate in all sessions. NCATE covers all costs of training. The following is a rough  outline of topics covered in the training schedule:

  • Welcome and Introduction of Participants

  • Introduction to NCATE by NCATE President

  • Community Building

  • The Role of the BOE

  • Preparing for an NCATE On-site Visit

  • Conceptual Framework and Unit Standards

  • Judging the Quality of Evidence

  • Conducting Interviews

  • Code of Conduct

  • Writing the BOE Report

  • Reviewing Not Met Standards

  • Simulation of Team Meetings

  • Onsite Simulations 

  • Feedback on BOE Reports

  • Dialogue with BOE and UAB Members

Trainees are evaluated at the end of training by their peers and trainers who are experienced BOE members. If it is determined, upon review of peer or trainer evaluations, that an individual is unsuitable for BOE work, NCATE will notify the individual and contact the constituent organization that nominated them. In these cases, NCATE will train a replacement from the constituent group at the next training.

To be a BOE member, individuals should have:

  • demonstrated expertise in the field of professional education, teaching, research, and/or evaluation.

  • skill in use of evaluation techniques, such as the interpretation of quantified data, use of rating scales and questionnaires, interviewing and observation techniques, and analysis of written information.

  • skill in the use of computer technology, including accessing the Internet, using email, navigating websites, reviewing documents on-line, and word processing.

  • good writing skills: the ability to convey clearly and concisely observations and judgments in writing.

  • the ability to make unbiased professional judgments about education units based on the application of national standards.

  • good interpersonal skills: the ability to interact with team members and institutional personnel in a courteous and collegial manner and the ability to work toward consensus in team deliberations.

  • word processing skills and a strong grasp of current technologies.