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Graduate Program Update >>>
Our College is thrilled with the outstanding growth in our
high-quality graduate programs and our success in ensuring
that those programs continually remain attractive and relevant
to a variety of audiences.
The numbers speak for themselves: in Fall 2021, 1,330 graduate
students are enrolled in the College of Education. This is a
105% increase over five years and defies the negative national
trend of those pursuing degrees in education.
Faiza Jamil (left) and Rachel Wagner have been named Dean Fellows
for Inclusive Excellence.
Inclusive Excellence Update >>>
Since its inception, the College of Education has
demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and equity through
its programs, outreach and teaching that focus on race, rurality
and poverty. After conversations with national and state
leaders, the College’s Community and Diversity Committee,
and faculty and staff inside and outside the College, Founding
Dean George J. Petersen approved the development of a Task
Force for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence last year.
The task force required the creation of a new position —
Special Advisor to the Dean for Diversity and Inclusive
Excellence. The special advisor, Natasha Croom, and the task
force worked together to develop a College-level strategic plan
for inclusive excellence. In summer 2021, Croom accepted a
position as associate dean of the Clemson University Graduate
School, and we are certain she will bring the same level of
excellence to that position.
Michelle Cook, associate dean for undergraduate studies, will
work with the dean, leadership team and faculty to continue
the work of the task force, which will build the College’s
capacity to engage in activities that promote equity, diversity
and inclusion. Cook said the task force also plans to prioritize
inclusion and equity in outreach and research across the state.
“We want to work with our partner districts and schools to
ensure that inclusion and equity are at the forefront of what
we do,” Cook said. “We also want to reach across the state as
we have done on our many ‘Listen and Learn’ tours to identify
areas of need and how our College can collaborate with
the rural schools and counties that aren’t necessarily in our
The College has also appointed two faculty members — Faiza
Jamil and Rachel Wagner — to serve as Dean Fellows f or
Inclusive Excellence. Working closely with the dean, Jamil
and Wagner will lead a team of faculty, staff and student
representatives focused on the enhancement of diversity
and inclusion in the College. Jamil is an associate professor
in the Department of Education and Human Development,
and Wagner is an assistant professor in the Department of
Educational and Organizational Leadership Development.
We credit this growth in master’s programs to how programs
— including our Master of Education in Special Education,
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, Master of
Human Resource Development, and Master of Science in
Athletic Leadership — have become more marketable and
accessible. Now, students can pursue these programs from
rural, underserved areas across the state and nation.
Doctoral programs, likewise, have grown by 43% over the past
five years. We credit this growth, in part, to continued, robust
enrollment in our Ed.D. in Education Systems Improvement
Science program. Another factor is the development of
HyFlex options that allow for traditional, face-to-face
instruction and synchronous online instruction – and provide
students flexibility to accommodate their lifestyles.
students – an
increase of 105%
over past 5 years
past 5 years
Accreditation Update >>>
Over the past several months, our College has been engaged
in work to maintain accreditation from the Council for
the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The
accreditation demonstrates that our programs meet standards
set by organizations representing the academic community,
professionals and other important stakeholders.
This seal of approval assures quality in educator preparation
and clinical training, which allows our students to enter the
classroom ready to teach effectively.
Preliminary recommendations from our CAEP review
team are positive, and we await the opportunity to officially
announce our results soon. We sincerely thank the current
students, alumni, partner districts and teachers who have
participated and made valuable contributions during this
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