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NMSU education dean selected as U.S. Department of Education rulemaking negotiator

New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a non-federal negotiator to prepare proposed regulations under Title II and Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.


NMSU College of Education Dean Micheal Morehead sitting at his desk.
New Mexico State University Education Dean Michael Morehead has been selected as a U.S. Department of Education rulemaking negotiator for the Teacher Preparation Committee. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Morehead is serving as an alternate negotiator representing Hispanic Serving Institutions for the Teacher Preparation Committee, which will develop proposed regulations related to teacher preparation programs. Morehead will attend a series of meetings during the next few months to work with fellow negotiators to develop a set of regulations, based on existing, often recently passed, law.

"It is quite an honor to represent Hispanic Serving Institutions," Morehead said of the appointment. "This gives NMSU the opportunity to have a voice at the table to address the way teacher education programs are evaluated nationally."

The Teacher Preparation Programs Negotiating Committee will be looking at requirements for institutional and program report cards on the quality of teacher preparation, including standards to ensure reliability, validity and accuracy of the data submitted by the programs. The committee also will look at the TEACH Grant program, specifically to define "high quality teacher preparation program" and "high quality professional development services" for the purpose of establishing eligibility for institutions to participate.

"The regulatory process that has been placed on teacher education has created an environment that makes programming difficult," Morehead said. "This is an opportunity to be part of the dialogue and impact the regulatory segment of important legislation."

Morehead was named dean of the NMSU College of Education in 2010, prior to that he had previously served as interim dean twice. He has been an educator since 1971, including teaching at the middle- and high-school level and serving as an administrator in secondary schools. Morehead's primary research involves teacher education, program quality, student internships and accreditation. Morehead has been involved extensively with K-12 education throughout his career and has been instrumental in establishing linkages and outreach initiatives that foster collaboration between higher education and public schools.