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25 years, and still No. 1!

25 years, and still No. 1!

Many things have changed over the past quarter century. But, year after year, Spartan educators have continued to prove that Michigan State University leads the nation in elementary and secondary education. This year, the MSU College of Education community can celebrate once more. U.S. News & World Report has ranked MSU #1 in elementary and… Read More »

MSU, state partner to study competency-based education

MSU, state partner to study competency-based education

Michigan State University researchers will help the state develop a new student-centered approach to learning with nearly $1.5 million in private grant funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Seven Michigan school districts are piloting competency-based education, or CBE, programs, which give students individualized support and opportunities to advance based on their own levels… Read More »

Broader definitions needed for Hispanic Serving Institutions

Broader definitions needed for Hispanic Serving Institutions

How do we know if a college or university is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI? It’s hard to tell, says new research from Michigan State University’s Patricia Marin—unless we ask different questions. Though the HSI designation is officially based on enrollment, the extent to which institutions actually serve Latino/a (or Latinx) students is a measure… Read More »

60 years of international tests: What can we learn?

60 years of international tests: What can we learn?

A new book from Michigan State University’s William Schmidt recounts the history of international efforts to understand the role of schooling, in particular the curriculum, and its relationship to student achievement. It also gives the world insights to make test results more powerful for the future. “Schooling Across the Globe: What We Have Learned from… Read More »

Michigan schools face nation’s worst decline in state education funding

Michigan schools face nation’s worst decline in state education funding

Funding for Michigan’s public schools has fallen more sharply than any other state over the past quarter century, new research from Michigan State University finds. Educators have been forced to meet rising academic standards with inadequate finances, the study authors argue. However, their research shows Michigan could give schools the dollars they need if policymakers… Read More »

MSU education researchers named as top national influencers

MSU education researchers named as top national influencers

Researchers at universities make a great impact on education practice and policy through their work. And again this year, several Michigan State University scholars made the national list of scholars considered to have the highest influence. Rick Hess’s 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, published in his Education Week blog, named six MSU faculty members among… Read More »

Austin receives Research Achievement Award

Austin receives Research Achievement Award

Ann E. Austin, associate dean for research in the Michigan State University College of Education, was recently recognized for her significant contributions to higher education research. She was the 2018 honoree of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Research Achievement Award, given to a scholar whose research has helped move the field… Read More »

Baby up at night? Inactivity may be a culprit

Baby up at night? Inactivity may be a culprit

New Michigan State University research suggests babies who are less active get less sleep, something new parents may want to consider when looking for possible solutions for the long, sleepless nights. Napping doesn’t help either. In fact, babies who slept less at night, yet napped more during the day, still weren’t able to get as… Read More »

MSU joins research partnership to improve Michigan schools

MSU joins research partnership to improve Michigan schools

Michigan State University is part of a new research partnership designed to improve K-12 public schools statewide. Announced today, the Michigan Education Research Institute (MERI) is a collaboration between MSU, University of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information, the state agency responsible for reporting education data. The… Read More »