Imagine a world where every child can reach his or her full potential, where we all work together to promote health and higher achievement for the next generation, and where teachers walk into their first job well prepared to make a difference in the lives of their students—and continue to do so over the course of a fulfilling career. The College of Education does the important work of preparing hundreds of teachers, counselors, administrators, researchers, and policymakers to be leaders who make an impact on learning and human development around the world.
The College of Education seeks to raise $75.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $49.3 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
“Together we work to find solutions for many of the greatest challenges facing schools, families, communities and universities, striving to make a difference in practice.”
The path to upward mobility leads through our nation’s classrooms, so preparing teachers and educational leaders is a calling of utmost importance. For MSU teacher candidates, the combination of debt and paying for the additional year as interns can present a formidable barrier. Endowed scholarships and graduate fellowships will ensure that we continue to attract the most qualified and diverse student body.
As leaders in their respective fields, our faculty members are a collective force for improving education. They develop innovative academic programs for our students, empower initiatives in local communities, influence educational policy at the national level, and disseminate their research findings to classrooms around the world. We need endowed chair positions—a coveted honor and powerful funding source—to help us recruit and retain more of the best faculty and remain competitive with our national counterparts.
The College of Education is preparing educators capable of working in a global context by encouraging students to explore multiple cultures through study here and abroad, recruiting staff and students worldwide, and creating networks for change—leveraging our resources and expertise to tackle the most pressing challenges such as improving math and science instruction and reducing the impact of obesity. Solving the world’s greatest problems requires that educators be part of the team. It also requires public and private funding that can provide the resources to travel from one side of the world to the other—and the spark to transform an educational idea into full-scale change.
The College of Education bridges boundaries between theory and practice through its commitment to serve local communities, where faculty and students share expertise, provide professional learning opportunities and engage in partnerships that improve student success. We are particularly focused on finding solutions in the contexts of urban schools and neighborhoods, where the needs are often greatest. To continue making a powerful impact beyond campus, we must invest in our two locations—expanding Erickson Hall and renovating IM Sports Circle—to ensure that these facilities can accommodate both the quality and growing volume of research being conducted by our scholars.