Dean Robert E Floden

From the Dean

In the Michigan State University College of Education, our faculty members each have different expertise but they share a common purpose: to help all people achieve their potential. They do this through outstanding research, teaching and service—and by focusing on priorities that will have the greatest impact on society.

The stories in this Annual Report illustrate our commitment to lead in key areas:

  • urban education
  • global education
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education
  • autism and intellectual disabilities
  • health and well-being

As you will read, MSU is working side by side with educators in one particularly resilient city, Flint, to improve teaching and learning in the schools and support children starting from birth. In the international realm, we recently exchanged expertise with universities in Indonesia to improve their systems for teacher education.

The CREATE for STEM Institute is powering breakthrough research in math and science, such as a cross-national teaching experiment with Finland focused on increasing student engagement in science. And our STEM research extends beyond the Ph.D., with a new joint effort to explore inequity along the career paths of post-doctoral and foreign-born scholars.

The College of Education also is on the cutting-edge to improve lives for persons with intellectual disabilities and autism. One example is the Early Learning Institute, a unique model for serving children with autism before kindergarten. Our focus on improving health and well-being also reaches outside educational institutions, such as a partnership with Sparrow Hospital using virtual reality to assist stroke victims with rehabilitation.

I encourage you to explore the priorities of the College of Education through these select stories from the 2015-16 year.

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Robert E. Floden