Campus: CSU Northridge -- May 31, 2002
CSUN Chosen for 'Excellence in Education' Award by
San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance
Recognizing Cal State Northridge's selection as one of the top teacher
training programs in the nation, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando
Valley has honored the university with its Steve Allen "Excellence
in Education" Award.
"Teacher education at Cal State Northridge is strong because it
is viewed as a university-wide commitment and all units in the university
participate in the preparation of CSUN teacher candidates," said
College of Education Dean Philip Rusche. "This is a very special
award because it is a recognition of San Fernando Valley residents by
leadership from the San Fernando Valley."
The university's selection for the award stemmed from Cal State Northridge
recently having been named one of the top teacher training programs
in the nation by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Northridge also
prepares more candidates for state teaching credentials than any other
public university in California.
The Carnegie Corporation program means Cal State Northridge is one of
the first four universities in the country to have been asked to participate
in a landmark $40 million initiative to develop model teacher training
programs for the nation. The project is expected to be funded later
this year by a $5 million, five-year grant to the university.
Rusche accepted the Economic Alliance award on Wednesday, May 22 at
the organization's Board of Directors meeting, held at the Medtronic/MiniMed
headquarters on the university's North Campus. Deans Helen Castillo
of the College of Health and Human Development and Edward Carroll of
the College of Science and Mathematics accompanied Rusche to represent
Cal State Northridge was one of four Valley recipients honored this
year with the second annual "Excellence in Education" award.
The award recognizes schools, educators or students in the San Fernando
Valley who achieved national recognition during the academic year. The
award is named for Steve Allen, the longtime Valley resident and entertainer
who focused on the importance of education during his later years.