Category Archives: Research

Teacher resignation letters paint bleak picture of U.S. education

As teacher resignation letters increasingly go public—and viral—new research indicates teachers are not leaving solely due to low pay and retirement, but also because of what they see as a broken education system. In a trio of studies, Michigan State University education expert Alyssa Hadley Dunn and colleagues examined the relatively new phenomenon of teachers… Read More »

ACPA names Porter as Emerging Scholar Designee

Christa Porter will receive recognition as an Emerging Scholar Designee from ACPA: College Educators International on March 27, 2017. Porter—assistant professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) at Michigan State University and coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration master’s program—was one of five chosen for the 2017-19 distinction, honoring those who have made scholarly… Read More »

Peers, more than teachers, inspire us to learn

“Why do I have to learn this?” It’s a common question among youth, but new research out of Michigan State University suggests students perform much better academically when the answer is provided by their peers rather than their teachers. University students who were given a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to… Read More »

Illuminating teacher education at minority-serving institutions

The legacy and importance of minority-serving institutions (MSIs) for teacher education is celebrated in a new book co-edited by an MSU College of Education faculty member. Emery Petchauer, an associate professor of teacher education, helped write and facilitate the creation of “Teacher Education across Minority-Serving Institutions: Programs, Policies and Social Justice.” The book is the… Read More »

Austin honored for international work in higher education

In 1998, Ann E. Austin spent a year in South Africa as a Fulbright Fellow studying and collaborating with colleagues toward the goals of improving higher education at what is now Nelson Mandela University. Almost 20 years later, she says that experience formed the basis for not only her own international work, but for developing… Read More »

Strong as #1 … Extraordinary Together

With eight programs ranked in the top-10 in their respective fields, the College of Education at Michigan State University collectively represents one of the nation’s very best places to pursue advanced study in education. Once again this year, according to U.S. News & World Report, the college is ranked No. 1 in three of those… Read More »