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By Kelli Gemmer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A research paper co-authored by Dr. Toby Park, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, has been commissioned by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA to be presented Sept.2 at a briefing at the United States Capitol Center in Washington, D.C.
The conference is a higher education research and policy briefing for congressional staff, policymakers, advocates, researchers and the press. The query to be discussed is: “Do higher education accountability proposals narrow the opportunity for minority students and minority-serving institutions? What new research tells us.”
Dr. Stella Flores, lead author and professor at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, will present the paper, which is entitled, “The Racial College Completion Gap: Evidence from Texas.”
In the paper, Flores and Park investigate how pre-college characteristics contribute to the achievement gap and how this contribution compares to postsecondary factors. “We must first understand inputs into postsecondary education if we are to make comparisons about outputs,” says Park. “This reasoning, however, may be overlooked with funding being tied to outcome measures.”
“Students of color have not achieved equal opportunity for higher education and many of the institutions that serve them are struggling with economic and policy challenges,” says The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “Some critics of the Obama Administration claim that recent accountability and financial aid policy changes would close the door to college for many deserving students.” This convening brings together seven research papers, including Park and Flores’ paper, that examine these issues with the goal of avoiding unintended negative consequences.
For more information on their related research, visit http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Researcher-dispels-myths-of-minority-serving-institution-graduation-rates.
Educational Leadership & Policy faculty have been hard at work in 2014. Their accomplishments include:
- A total of 27 publications (17 refereed journal articles, 2 books, 8 book chapters and reviews) and a number of reports published or in press in 2014.
- A total award of $10,328,535 for research and service projects which provided training and funding opportunities for graduate students, and many grant proposals currently under review.
- Housing two top journals in the field: Educational Researcher and Comparative Education Review.
For a complete list of Educational Leadership & Policy faculty members, visit:
This year, the FSU College of Education welcomes 5 new faculty members to the Tallahassee campus and 1 new faculty member to the Panama City Campus:
Courtney Preston: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Graig Chow: Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
Kathleen Krach: Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
Sarah Ivy: School of Teacher Education, Visual Disabilities
Wenxia Wang: School of Teacher Education, Foreign and Second Language Teaching
Elizabeth Crowe: School of Teacher Education, Panama City Campus
Dr. Robert Reiser and the Office of Research organized a poster session where faculty members shared their research projects with one another.
Dr. Valerie Shute, professor of Instructional Systems, has partnered with Carney Labs to develop a computer game that teaches physics to students around the world. “Tomorrow’s workers need 21st century competencies that include being able to effectively solve hard problems, persist in the face of failure, and think creatively, critically, and systemically,” Shute said. “Our goal is to validly assess these 21st century competencies using games and other immersive learning environments as the main vehicle.” For more information, visit:
Dr. Steven Pfeiffer, professor and coordinator of the Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, will be the keynote speaker at the Czech Republic Gifted Conference in October.
Dr. Pfeiffer is a laureate of Excellence in Research, awarded by Mensa International Foundation for Education and Research for his work in the field of creativity and emotional intelligence. He is a recognized authority in the field of mental health of gifted children and their families.
For more information on the Czech Republic Gifted Conference, visit http://www.nadanizaci.cz/workshop/prednasky-prednasejici
Dean Marcy Driscoll has been elected by her peers to president-elect of the Council of Academic Deans From Research Education Institutions (CADREI). She will assume the role of president in February 2015. Congratulations Dean Driscoll!
For more information on CADREI, visit http://www.cadrei.org/