Madonna University News : January 2017

MLK Celebration

More Than 200 Attend Madonna MLK Celebration

January 24, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Despite the chilly, wet, and sometimes icy conditions, more than 200 people participated in Madonna University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, Monday, January 16.

The turnout for this year’s event was the largest ever with more than 175 members of the Madonna community including students, faculty, staff and another 40 guests. Hosted by Terri D. Slaughter, the University’s chief diversity officer, it featured a keynote address by Madonna President, Michael Grandillo, Ph.D., in which he connected the values of the civil rights movement to the Franciscan values of the institution.

The event included the premiere of a video created by Madonna’s Technology Learning Services in which Madonna students recited parts of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech with King’s voice in the background.

The celebration ended on a high note with a rousing and inspirational performance by the Detroit Edison Public School Academy choir and a prayer by Sister Nancy Jamroz, the co-director of Madonna’s Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue.

Slaughter said the MLK Celebration and Candlelight Vigil served as an electric kick-off for a week of thought-provoking and inspiring programs and service projects at the University.

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Madonna College of Education Earns Seven-year Accreditation

January 11, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University’s College of Education recently was granted an initial seven-year accreditation, the longest possible, by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

The Council determined that Madonna’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education degree programs met all five standards for accreditation, with no areas for improvement. “This is a wonderful testament to the dedication and hard work of the faculty and staff in our College of Education,” said Madonna University President Michael Grandillo. “The dean, professors and staff, in the College, all share a true passion for education and they pass that on to their students as they prepare them to teach the next generation of learners.” 

The next accreditation visit to Madonna University by CAEP will be Fall 2023. 

About Madonna:  In 1954, Madonna received approval from the Michigan Board of Education for teacher certification. The College of Education has been continuously accredited since 1972, when it was first accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). More than 6,800 educators across the country call Madonna University their alma mater. The Michigan Department of Education consistently gives Madonna’s teacher education programs exemplary status. The two-newest graduate programs – Education Specialist and Higher Education and Student Affairs – will help meet the needs of working teachers by enhancing their teaching skills or preparing them for leadership and administrative roles. Follow this link for more information about Madonna University’s teacher education programs

About CAEP: The Council advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Previously, Madonna University was accredited by NCATE through 2016. In 2013, CAEP became the single national accreditor for educator preparation and adopted a new generation of educator preparation standards that moved beyond inputs.