Dean Driscoll Appointed President-Elect of CADREI

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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


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Researchers discover MSIs are actually doing more with less

July 29, 2014 Leave a comment

CONTACT: Dr. Toby Park (850) 644-8186

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A recent study co-authored by Dr. Toby Park, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Postsecondary Success at FSU, revealed that minority students who attend historically black or Hispanic-serving colleges are just as likely to complete their undergraduate degree as similar minority students at traditional institutions. This challenges the previous notion that minority students who attend a minority-serving institution (MSI) will automatically face lower graduation rates than if they had attended a traditional college or university.

Park and lead author, Dr. Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education at Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development, investigated degree attainment for Black and Hispanic students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). The researchers looked past solely graduation statistics indicating that HBCUs are approximately 7 percent below traditional institutions while HSIs trail by about 11 percent.

After accounting for differences in the student populations and institutional resources, Flores and Park found no difference in graduation rates between MSIs and traditional (non-MSI) institutions. “Attending a minority-service institution does not appear to have the negative effect so often portrayed in the media,” says Park. “Given the fact that MSIs are historically underfunded, the fact that the student bodies – when matched with similar students at traditional institutions – graduate at equal rates is astonishing.”

By comparing students who were similar in preparation and background at MSIs and traditional schools, Flores and Park were able to determine a true and fair comparison on the likelihood of degree completion for black and Hispanic students. “MSIs really are doing more with less,” says Park.

Park’s general research focuses on postsecondary outcomes for populations of students who may have once been considered non-traditional. This includes student characteristics such as underrepresented minority students, low-income students, underprepared students, and first-generation students as well as their entry point into post secondary education. He currently serves as co-Principal Investigator for a multi-year grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to investigate the ongoing developmental educational reform in Florida.

See the links below for Park’s other work on community colleges in Texas:
USA Today-College:

Inside Higher Education:

The National Journal:

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5 Finals Week Tips

July 29, 2014 Leave a comment

1. Eat!

You may think the perfect Finals Week diet is coffee for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but eating the right foods can help fuel your brain and improve cognitive function. Choose foods like whole grains, berries, and nuts, particularly walnuts. Be sure to drink plenty of water, especially with the heat advisory! A cup or two of coffee can improve mental acuity, but don’t turn it into a coffee IV.

2. Get a good night’s sleep

The cliche all-nighter may sound like the best option, but a good night’s sleep can relieve stress, improve alertness, and help with information retention. Aim to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep the night before, though doctors recommend 8-9.

3. Location, Location, Location

Your living room in front of the TV is not the ideal study location. Search for quiet locations. The library is always a great option, but Strozier can get crowded and noisy. Did you know we have other libraries on campus too? Try Dirac or Goldstein.

4. Quiz yourself

How do you know you’re retaining the information that you’re studying? Take practice tests or quiz yourself through notecards. Study groups are also a great option. Your classmates can be the best study tool for understanding and retention.

5. Time Management

You may be tempted to spend the day at the pool and cram for the next 8 hours. However, studying in increments with a break in between can prevent cramming and help retention. Study throughout the week and create a review sheet to study 24 hours before the test. Information retention improves 60 percent when the material is reviewed within 24 hours of receiving it.


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FCR-STEM Faculty Receives 2014 Robert M. Gagné Award

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

The Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) has awarded Dr. Ronald L. Carr The 2014 Robert M. Gagné Award for Graduate Student Research in Instructional Design. He has been awarded this honor based on his dissertation, “Educational standards, teacher preparation, and metacognition instruction for elementary students: Studies in pre-college engineering education,” as a student in Purdue’s Learning Design and Technology program, prior to coming to work at FSU in January.

“Gagné’s work and the reputations of the ISD and LSI programs that grew from his work are what attracted me to FSU, so receiving this award that was named for him is a great honor for me,” says Carr. “Just to be able to work at FSU is an honor for me!”

Carr’s dissertation contains three separate studies involving instructional design in the context of P-12 engineering education. Two additional chapters introduce the studies and outline how they unite under the umbrella of situated educational research, which is a term used to represent the pragmatic and theoretical nature of instructional design and design research.

Carr has been working at Florida State University in the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) program since graduating from Purdue University in December, where he studied Learning Design and Technology under Dr. Johannes Strobel.


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Alumnus Appointed Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

July 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Trevor Kincaid

July 3, 2014
Trevor Kincaid
BS ’05 Education

Trevor Kincaid has been appointed the Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs at the White House.The Office of Public and Media Affairs provides timely and accurate information about the latest activities and public statements from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In the press center you’ll find press releases, fact sheets, and reports and publications on U.S. trade policy and activities at USTR, as well as photos, video, and blogs.

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FSUS Faculty Honored with Award at Educators Space Camp

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

FSUS science teacher, Peter Carafano, returned from the Honeywell Educators Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama with several distinctions and awards. Carafano received the Outstanding Educator Award, an award given to the teacher that best represents the program’s ideals of leadership and support. It was presented to him by Astronaut Robert Gibson. He was also honored as Mission Commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery during a space simulator exercise competition involving aninternational team of 16 teachers. Carafano’s team took first place out of the 7 teams in the competition. Carafano is now eligible to apply to become an Educator Ambassador for the Honeywell Educators Space Camp Program. Congratulations!

Dr. Reynaud’s Leadership Helps Paralympic Sport

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Congratulations to Dr. Cecile Reynaud (Sport Management) who led the committee responsible for evaluating and recommending that USA Volleyball be officially designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Paralympic sport of sitting volleyball in the United States.


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