Ball State University Teachers College is one of the newest members of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), which is an assembly of deans of education from 157 research and land grant institutions throughout North America.

The purpose of this Council and its affiliates is the preparation of education personnel in all its phases and the discussion and formulation of plans, policies, and programs to make the member institutions of the Council more effective in their work. CADREI is a non-profit, apolitical organization dedicated to providing the most comprehensive research regarding education.

Membership is by application and is based on variables such as the number of doctoral degrees offered, the Carnegie classification, and the number of external grants/contracts in the college.