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Gallagher-Fishbaugh said she believes the vitriol some policymakers aim at teacher colleges partly has to do with a lack of respect for the education profession. Gallagher-Fishbaugh is also a commissioner with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

"We really need to be listening to the teachers in the classroom and get the policymakers out of the business of micromanaging what’s going on in classrooms and colleges," she said, "and turn that over to the experts."

At a glance

Report ranks Utah teacher prep programs

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Utah teacher preparation programs. Below are some of the rankings:

Highest ranked elementary programs (national rank):

Western Governors University, graduate (16)

University of Utah, undergraduate (47)

Utah Valley University, undergraduate (101)

Utah State University, undergraduate (117)

Brigham Young University, undergraduate (165)

Highest ranked secondary programs (national rank):

Western Governors University, undergraduate (1)

Utah Valley University, undergraduate (113)

University of Utah, undergraduate (230)

Utah State University, undergraduate (265)

Dixie State College of Utah, undergraduate (356)

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The report evaluated 15 Utah programs at eight institutions. The report did not include Westminster College.

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