Inside Higher Ed
May 29th, 2015
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has
weathered more than its fair share of turbulence in its few years in
existence, perhaps the inevitable result of its origins (a merger
between two unequal and competing accreditors) and its mission (tougher
standards in a field long criticized for settling for lesser ones). That
the organization has accomplished what it has, let alone survived at
all, is arguably a victory.
Its founding leader, James Cibulka, wasn't so fortunate. He was
dismissed this month. The accreditor noted Cibulka's departure with one
line in a news release
about his interim successor, and its board chair repeatedly declined in
an interview to say anything of substance about why Cibulka is leaving,
except to imply that he may have been the right person to build the
organization but not to lead it.