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MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

Michigan State University has received a $1.4 million grant to expand a work-related social skills training program for youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. While efforts are growing to help youth with autism improve social skills, few programs focus specifically on teaching the skills needed to get and keep jobs. A pilot program… Read More »

HALE grad wins national award for trans* academics study

HALE grad wins national award for trans* academics study

Erich N. Pitcher broke new ground by completing the first systematic study of trans* academics while a doctoral student in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. Now Pitcher’s research is being recognized as the field’s most outstanding dissertation for 2017 by Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Pitcher,… 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 »

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 »

MSU launches social justice reading group for kids

MSU launches social justice reading group for kids

Michigan State University faculty members hope to inspire kids to take action against injustice in their community through a new program at East Lansing Public Library. The Social Justice Reading Group will start this month for children ages 4-11. Once each month through May, various faculty members will read children’s books related to a specific… Read More »

College ranks in nation’s top-10 for online master’s programs

College ranks in nation’s top-10 for online master’s programs

For the fourth consecutive year, Michigan State University has moved up in the national rankings for best online master’s degree programs in education. This year, MSU ranked 8th—cracking the top-10 for the first time—according to U.S. News & World Report. That’s up from 23rd back in 2013. Last year, the college was ranked 11th in… Read More »

Supporting financially strapped engineering students

Supporting financially strapped engineering students

A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will help second- and third-year engineering students with financial needs continue on their paths to graduation. Attracting talented students into science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM disciplines, does little good if financial strains derail a student’s plans midway to graduation. The NSF grant to the Michigan… Read More »