HPU Professors' Paper Presented At NCPEA Conference

Posted on September 23, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 23, 2010 ? A paper authored by a team of High Point University professors was recently presented at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) summer conference.

The paper, titled “Enhancing Pre-Service Experiences through a Professional Learning Community Model”, focuses on an innovative program at HPU for improving the experiences of graduate students who are completing an administrative internship under the direction of a school principal. The paper was authored by Dr. Vernon Farrington, Dr. Dustin Johnson, and Dr. Mariann Tillery and Cathi Smith, former principal at East Davidson High School and current adjunct professor at HPU.

“We have recently partnered with several regional school districts in North Carolina to offer a graduate program which will prepare students for careers as school executives,” says Farrington. “We have been excited to see a number of our students already moving into leadership positions within the first year of the program. This paper was written as part of a study to discover how High Point University might continue to meet the needs of public school leaders.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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