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Executive Summary

The College of Education contributes to major national dialogues concerning research and the promotion of social justice in (1) the success of English language learners elementary through college; (2) instruction elementary through college; (3) learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics inside and outside of school; (4) mental health and school counseling (5) higher education leadership; and (6) adult learning.  Our emphasis on social justice develops professionals who promote equitable access and full-development of individual human potential.  As a part of the Division of Arts and Sciences we support the division’s campus-wide role in providing a well rounded, compelling educational experience.  Our work seeks to enhance and extend the historic democratic mission of public education: to prepare all citizens, across their lifetime for full participation in a culturally diverse and technical world.

College of Education Signature Areas of Distinction

* Understanding Diversity and Social Justice as Foundational to a Healthy, Productive Society

We work to improve the social foundations of communities through research on how people from diverse cultural backgrounds learn together.

* Building Scientific & Technological Literacy for Leading a Healthy, Productive Life

We work to improve the performance of communities, schools, free-choice learning organizations and the workforce through research on how people learn and use knowledge from the scientific and technical disciplines.

The Strategic Plan is focused on four goals aligned with the OSU Strategic Plan 3.0

Goal A:  Become a national leader with global impact in research and educational programing with respect to understanding diversity and social justice to help students reach their full potential and support life long learning in a scientific, technological, and culturally diverse society.

Goal B:  Recruit, prepare, and retain a formal and informal educator workforce that mirrors the state’s demographics by maintaining the current graduate proportion of students of color at 25% and within five years grow the undergraduate proportion of students of color to 25%.

Goal C: Play a leading role in shaping STEM learning and ESOL education within the state and beyond to include an increased focus on: (a) equitable teaching practices that deepen student learning; (b) the nascent potential of free-choice learning environments for increasing learning at all ages, (c) the role of higher education leadership and community colleges, and (d) the underutilized knowledge and skills of school counselors.

Goal D:  Utilize a transdisciplinary approach to address issues where research and instruction can synergistically work with policy makers and entire communities to have a significant positive impact.