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Irish advocate for intellectual disabilities research receives honorary degree

Irish advocate for intellectual disabilities research receives honorary degree

Dermot Desmond, renowned Irish business leader and philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities from Michigan State University on May 5, 2017. Along with long-time success in banking and financial markets, Desmond is deeply committed to improving lives for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. He has played a central role in facilitating the… Read More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Amey nominated as a Pillar of the Profession

Amey nominated as a Pillar of the Profession

Marilyn Amey, chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration in the Michigan State University College of Education, will receive accolades as part of the NASPA Class of 2017 Pillars of the Profession on March 13, 2017. The honor recognizes those in the profession who have sustained distinction and significant lifetime contributions in the higher education field.… Read More »

Doctoral students honored for leadership

Doctoral students honored for leadership

Three doctoral students in the Michigan State University College of Education received a 2016-17 COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award on Feb. 15, 2017. COGS—the Council of Graduate Students at MSU—presents the awards to students in the Graduate School who have demonstrated leadership in their fields on a local, state, regional, national and/or international level while enrolled as a… Read More »

English learners treated differently depending on where they go to school

English learners treated differently depending on where they go to school

As the number of English learners continues to grow across the nation, new research indicates these students are being treated differently depending on where they go to school. Michigan State University researchers found that schools in Texas—second only to California in total number of English learners—vary widely in how they determine if students should be… Read More »