Growth and Professional Performance Review

In the College of Education at NIU, we are committed to cultivating an equity-focused, inclusive, engaging and supportive learning environment for all students. Becoming an educator is a complex developmental process, and we are dedicated to providing meaningful preparation opportunities to advance candidates' progress toward successful professional careers.

Coursework, clinical experiences, and co-curricular activities within each program define the pathway leading to licensure for many candidates. Teacher candidates come to NIU's educator preparation programs with different background experiences, skills, talents, opportunities, beliefs, challenges and learning needs. The Growth and Professional Performance Review (GPPR) process is designed to proactively intervene and provide tailored supports toward candidates' forward progress in their program to launch them into their careers as highly competent educators.

The GPPR process is designed to proactively intervene and provide tailored supports toward candidates' forward progress in their program to launch them into their careers as highly competent educators.

Monitoring Students’ Professional Progress

Throughout a student’s academic program he/she will be assessed, utilizing a common dispositions assessment tool. During early clinical and student teaching field experiences the tool is used by university supervisors and mentor teachers to assess candidate dispositions. At any time departmental GPPRs may be initiated by departmental personnel who have concerns regarding a student’s professional progress.

Departmental Committee Members

Each department in the College of Education has established an official GPPR committee and developed policy and procedure for the department process.

Purpose of the Departmental Committee

The departmental committee is responsible for reviewing any disposition deficiencies reported by departmental staff, developing, implementing, and monitoring a remediation plan to address any concerns with the student’s progress. Within a GPPR:

  • The student is provided an opportunity to present any appropriate information that is relevant to their review. (The student should consult the departmental policy regarding submission of additional supporting documents.)
  • Committee decisions will be forwarded in writing to the student, the faculty member(s) involved, the department chairperson and the director of Student Services

Committee Decisions

The GPPR committee decisions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Concerns do not warrant further action; student will be allowed to proceed in the program.
  • The student is placed on “professional probation” with specific requirements for remediation outlined by the departmental committee. The department chairperson will designate a professional mentor for the student. The mentor and student will meet on a regular basis to review the student’s completion progress of their remediation requirements. Upon completion of the student’s remediation requirements, the chairperson designee/professional mentor will update the departmental committee in writing. The departmental committee will then decide if the student should be removed from professional probation. The chairperson of the departmental committee then notifies, in writing, the student, the academic advisor, the department chairperson and the COE director of Student Services of the outcome.
    • If a student has been removed from a clinical setting, he/she may not return to the school/clinical setting or attempt contact with the school/clinical setting until so determined by the GPPR committee.
    • A student who is on “professional probation” will not be allowed to continue in student teaching or their final clinical experience.
  • The student may be dismissed from the program with approval of the department chairperson.

Appeals

The student has the right to appeal the decision of the GPPR if he/she alleges that the department’s decision did not follow the GPPR procedures as stated by their major department.

  • Appeals must be filed within 30 days of the GPPR decision.
  • Appeals should be mailed, delivered or faxed to the College of Education Office for Student Success.

Purpose of the Appeals Committee

The Appeals Committee reviews cases and may overturn a departmental Growth and Professional Performance Review outcome only if there is evidence that the department’s decision did not follow the Growth and Professional Performance Review procedures as stated by their major department.

Appeals Procedure

  • The request for consideration should be prepared in writing by the student and submitted to the COE Office for Student Success within 30 days after notification of the GPPR committee decision via fax, mail, in person or email.
  • The request for consideration should be submitted with any relevant supporting documentation that the initial GPPR did not follow procedures as stated by the major department.
  • The appeals committee will not review any additional information that was not presented at the initial GPPR.

Committee Decisions

  • Decisions will be made within 14 days of the student’s initial appeal.
  • The COE Senior Director of the Office for Student Success will communicate the appeal committee’s decision in writing, to the student, the department chairperson, the student’s academic advisor and the chairperson of the initial growth and professional performance review committee.

Appeals

Decisions reached by the GPPR appeals committee may be appealed to the dean of the College of Education. The appeal should be filed in writing within 30 days of the initial appeal decision to the dean of the College of Education.

Contact Us

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Gabel Hall 138
815-753-8352
coestudentsuccess@niu.edu

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